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Posted: Aug 23rd, 2011

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U.S. vs. Canada on Physician Administrative Costs

From the July 2011 edition of the American Journal of Public Health. Please click on the link below to read this important and informative article by Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD.  Download PDF here

“This study traces the average net income of Canadian physicians
over 150 years to determine the impact of medicare. It also
compares medical income in Canada to that in the United States.
Sources include academic studies, government reports, Census
data, taxation statistics, and surveys. The results show that Ca–
nadian doctors enjoyed a windfall in earnings during the early
years of medicare and that, after a period of adjustment, medi–
care enhanced physician income. Except during the windfall
boom, Canadian physicians have earned less than their American
counterparts. Until at least 2005, however, the medical profes–
sion was the top-earning trade in Canada relative to all other
professions. (Am J Public Health. 2011;101:1198–1208.

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