The four-year deal covers 10,000 members of the B.C. Medical Association, including family doctors and specialists throughout the province.
Health Minister Mike De Jong says savings on lab fees and in other areas freed up money for raises, and new spending to improve access to doctors in rural areas.
"Some of that is reflected in a very modest increase in the fee schedule," de Jong said.
Doctors' fees will climb by 0.5 per cent per year in the first two years of the agreement and then talks will resume to set the fees for the last two years.
Association President Dr. Nasir Jetha said the contract not only hikes doctors' fees, but provides more money to improve patient care.
"We have had a slight increase to cover the overhead costs of delivering services, and I can share with you that there is funding to support services for good patient care as part of our collaborative work," he said.
De Jong said in addition to increasing patient access to doctors in rural areas, the agreement also addresses the issue of recruitment and retention of specialists and enhances care for patients with chronic conditions.
The government says it will continue to work with BCMA to find additional ways to save money in the lab system while still providing patients with the best services.
The BCMA is recommending acceptance of the deal in a ratification vote, which is expected to wrap up by the end of July.
If approved, the contract will be retroactive to April 1.Suggest a correction