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How Much Money Do Canadian Doctors Make ?

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    The growth in annual salaries for Canadian physicians has slowed down for the first time in four years.

    On average, doctors made $307,482 in 2010-11, according to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHI).

    That’s a 3.1 per cent increase over the previous year, but down from a 5 per cent increase in 2009-10 and a high of 6.9 per cent the year before.

    Doctors in Alberta made the most — $349,655 — with Ontario physicians a close second with a gross average salary of $340,020. (The amount doesn’t take into account administration or overhead costs.)

    The latest numbers are the result of a first ever calculation by CIHI and provide the most complete up-to-date picture on what doctors make annually.

    Previously, the institute calculated averages based on fee-for-service billing, which is the amount paid to a doctor for direct services such as a check-up or vaccination and are based strictly on the volume of services provided.

    The growth of those fees has been slowing down. In 2010-11 in Ontario, they increased by 2.5 per cent, down from 4 and 5 per cent in previous two years.

    “We have seen a decrease, or slowing growth, in the increase in fee for service payments,” says Walter Feeney, who manages the national physician database for physician claims at CIHI.

    But that figure didn’t account for alternative fees received by some doctors who work in emergency departments or on-call, or for payments made to physicians as incentives to take on more patients or work in rural areas.

    Nor did they include doctors who have negotiated to work on salary instead of fee-for-service. CIHI has now included alternative fees in its calculations.

    In the last decade, those fees have been growing steadily and now account for more than 25 per cent of what the provinces pay to doctors.

    Overall in 2010-11, the provinces paid physicians more than $20 billion for clinical services, according to the CIHI report, which put them third in health-care spending, behind hospitals and drugs.

    What they made

    Average gross clinical payments to family physicians and specialists in 2010-2011

    1. Alberta: $349,655

    2. Ontario: $340,020

    3. Saskatchewan: $324,342

    4. Manitoba: $304,165

    5. B.C.:$272,796

    6. New Brunswick: $264,299

    7. Newfoundland: $260,166

    8. Quebec: $253,539

    9. Nova Scotia: $250,486

    10. P.E.I.: $235,768

    Average: $307,482



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