Key Success Factors
Primary Care Toolkit for Family Physicians
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
While many provincial / territorial health authorities have template agreements that are distributed to family practice or primary care groups willing to enter into a primary care model agreement, these must be carefully examined by all parties in the agreement, including the designated family physician leaders, in order to ensure that they serve the best needs and interests of patients in the practice and members of the family practice group.
In examining these agreements, it is essential that the authorized family physicians focus on the form and style of both the internal and external governance agreements before becoming signatories. In virtually all cases it is highly recommended that the group's own lawyer review these agreements, that is, not only the provincial or territorial governance agreement template if such exists but also the suggested agreements for the individual family practice group. It is essential that all members of the group understand, in detail the implications of the agreement that they are signing, both their individual and group obligations and liabilities, as well as the rights that are being conferred upon them as a consequence of their agreement with their provincial / territorial health authority.