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Frequently Asked Questions

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Requirements

  • Do I have to join the NLMA? Physicians licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (Full or Provisional category) are required to join the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) as a condition of the Medical Act. Late payment charges or potential disruptions in your license may apply if you do not.
  • Do I have to join the CMA? Membership in the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is optional. However, the NLMA encourages all members to also join the CMA. See also Why CMA? section or Value in Membership brochure (PDF)

Categories

  • Is there a part-time category? No, because of the challenge in defining and monitoring part-time status, a part-time category is not offered.
  • Is there a maternity or parental leave category? Yes, any Full category member currently not practicing due to pregnancy, birth or adoption, to a maximum of one year from the date of birth or adoption, may qualify for the Parental Leave category. If a refund is applicable, it must be requested within six (6) weeks of the category change.
  • Is there a sick leave category? Yes, any Full category member currently not practicing due to health reasons, may qualify for the Sick Leave category. If a refund is applicable, it must be requested within six (6) weeks of the category change.
  • Is there a sabbatical category? Yes, any Full category member currently on sabbatical may qualify for the Sabbatical Leave category. If a refund is applicable, it must be requested within six (6) weeks of the category change.
  • Who is eligible for the non-resident category? The Non-resident category is available to members who have left Newfoundland and Labrador (or Canada) but wish to keep membership in the NLMA, primarily to access the services of our partners (CMA, MD, OMA, TD, etc.). For example, membership in an Atlantic medical association/society or the Ontario Medical Association is required to access OMA Insurance. Also, members who leave Canada may use this category to maintain their CMA membership and therefore access MD Physician Services.
  • When should I notify the NLMA of a category change? You may notify the NLMA at any time of an upcoming or recent category change. However, refunds resulting from the category change must be requested within six (6) weeks.

Fees

  • If my membership category changes during the year, will I incur additional fees? While changes in your membership category are immediately reflected in your membership record, additional fees for the balance of the year are dependent on the type of change. If a refund is applicable, it must be requested within six (6) weeks of the category change.

Charges

  • How is the late charge applied? Members must renew by February 15 of each year. Failure to do so will result in a late payment charge of $250.
  • What if my cheque bounces? NSF cheques incur a $50 charge per bounced cheque. In addition, the NLMA may no longer accept personal cheques from specific members for this reason.
  • Is there a fee for additional receipts? The NLMA issues one receipt per member per year. Additional or duplicate receipts may carry a charge of $25 each. For this reason, you should safeguard your original.

Payments

  • What forms of payment are accepted? Payment may be made by VISA or MasterCard. Payment by cheque, Interac, debit, or American Express is not available.
  • How long do I have to request a refund? Refunds must be requested within six (6) weeks of your change in membership status. For example, within six weeks of leaving the province or changing membership categories.

Assistance For assistance, please contact Suzan Izquierdo, Membership Administrator at sizquierdo@nlma.nl.ca.

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