Statement from Minister of Health on Canadian Institute for Health Information Report
Today, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement:
"I want to thank the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) for their report on physicians in Canada. Their report confirms what we've said for months - that Ontario's physicians remain among the highest paid in Canada, earning more than $25,000 above the national average. On average, Ontario doctors' gross billings are approximately $364,000 per year. That figure is only $2,000 -- or half of one per cent -- less than the highest paid doctors in Canada.
It is also important to note that CIHI's analysis does not include radiologists, one of our highest-paid specialties. Last year in Ontario, more than 150 radiologists billed over $1 million. In total, $1.5 billion worth of physician payments are not included in these calculations.
This report confirms that, contrary to the claims of some, Ontario's doctors remain well paid. Our government is determined to strike a fair balance that will keep our physicians among the best paid in the country, while ensuring that we have the ability to continue to invest in other critical areas of our health care system, such as home and community care, our hospitals, nurses and personal support workers."