03/13/2015 14:30 EDT | Updated 05/13/2015 01:59 EDT

Manitoba doctors to get one per cent increase in each of next four years

WINNIPEG - Manitoba and its doctors have agreed to a new contract that will give physicians a one per cent raise in each of four years.

Dr. Robert Kippen of Doctors Manitoba says there will also be special rate increases for doctors dealing with older patients who have a chronic disease.

Kippen says there has to be recognition for primary-care physicians who spend a lot of time with patients who need it.

He says doctors need to know that they can afford the extra time with someone and that it's not going to be at the expense of others.

Additional increases are also going to doctors working in rural and northern communities.

Kippen says getting primary care into the rural areas to ease a doctor shortage was an important part of the deal.

The government says in a new release that the contract will increase health spending by $95 million over the next four years.