Prepare for the unexpected with the contingency planning toolkit

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 64, No. 2, March 2022, Page 58 News

When it comes to treating patients, doctors are always prepared to deal with the unexpected. Since many doctors are business owners as well, it’s important to prepare for unexpected situations that may disrupt delivery of essential services. Potential threats may include fire, flood, facility damage, medical emergencies, sudden death, or prolonged absences.

Doctors of BC’s new initiative, Business Pathways (, has developed a contingency planning toolkit that provides clear information and outlines steps on how to:

  • Confirm your insurance coverage.
  • Assign key roles and responsibilities.
  • Create and mobilize a communications plan.
  • Complete a critical record inventory.
  • Create a schedule for review.
  • Solidify your personal contingency plans and estate.

Business Pathways will be developing more resources in the coming months to help doctors with the operational side of running their business.

If you have feedback and questions, please contact Julia Dreyer at


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