The PSS was introduced in 2004, mainly to provide assistance to doctors experiencing high premiums for medical indemnity insurance. The government will contribute up to 60% towards the cost of the premium where the total cost of the doctor’s medical indemnity insurance exceeds 7.5% of gross earnings.

The PSS does also apply in certain other circumstances such as procedural GP’s practicing in a rural area, retirees from private practice that continue to practice in the public sector and doctors eligible for the Medical Indemnity Subsidy Scheme may also be able to receive the PSS.