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Am J Public Health. 2011 Jul;101(7):1198-208. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300093. Epub 2011 May 12.

The impact of single-payer health care on physician income in Canada, 1850-2005.

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Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. duffinj@queensu.ca

Abstract

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 Canadian doctors enjoyed a windfall in earnings during the early years of medicare and that, after a period of adjustment, medicare enhanced physician income. Except during the windfall boom, Canadian physicians have earned less than their American counterparts. Until at least 2005, however, the medical profession was the top-earning trade in Canada relative to all other professions.

PMID:
21566029
PMCID:
PMC3110239
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2010.300093
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