TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2016 /CNW/ - The number of physicians in Canada increased to more than82,000 in 2015, according to new numbers released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). For the ninth year in a row, the number of physicians increased at a faster rate than the population, resulting in more physicians per person
According to Physicians in Canada, 2015, although total payments to physicians increased by 4% from the previous year to reach $25 billion in 2014–2015, the average gross clinical payment per physician remained virtually unchanged at $339,000. This amount varied by type of physician specialty: on average, family physicians received $271,000; medical specialists received $338,000; and surgical specialists received $446,000.
"Understanding the supply, payments and activities of physicians across the country helps us to understand not only how many physicians there are and how much we pay for their services, but also how health care resources are allocated," says Geoff Ballinger, CIHI's manager of Physician Information. "It's important to realize, however, that the average payment estimates are gross amounts that in most cases include the overhead costs of running physician practices, such as staff salaries, medical equipment and supplies, and office rent."
There were regional differences in the changes to the number of physicians. Saskatchewan and Alberta each saw increases of approximately 5% over the previous year, while there was a 2% decrease in Newfoundland and Labrador and a 3% decline in New Brunswick.
The average gross clinical payment per physician also varied across the county. The average ranged from $258,000 in Nova Scotia to $366,000 in Alberta.
Facts and figures
CIHI collects and analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly available. Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments created CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI's goal: to provide timely, accurate and comparable health information. CIHI's data and reports inform health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise awareness about the factors that contribute to good health and health care.
SOURCE Canadian Institute for Health Information
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