Dr. Peña-Sánchez

Payment methods and well-being of physicians: dissecting the impact of alternative payment plans on equity and distress of practitioners

Dr. Peña-Sánchez, post-doctoral fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan

Juan-Nicolás is a physician from Colombia with a European Master in Public Health; he completed his doctoral studies at the School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan. In Colombia, he worked as a general practitioner and as a health care manager. In Canada, he has been coordinating research projects of the Multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinic, University of Saskatchewan. Currently, he is a post-doctoral fellow, funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, evaluating the quality of care for patients with IBD across the province.

Date: January 30, 2015
Host: University of Saskatchewan, Health Sciences Building, Room A226
Video-conference to University of Regina, 2 Research Drive, Room 210

Fee-for-service (FFS) payment system has been criticized for affecting quality of care, contributing to the fragmentation of health care, and for rising costs of health care systems. Alternative payment plans (APP) have been introduced as options to the traditional FFS. Despite the link between payment methods and behaviour of physicians that has been established; there is a lack of evidence about the impact of payment systems on well-being of physicians, specifically on their perception of professional equity and daily distress. This seminar will present a study conducted among physicians practicing in the Saskatoon Health Region which aimed to explore the effects of APP on perceptions of their professional equity and daily distress.