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Publicly funded universal health insurance system improved Canadian doctors' salaries, medical historian says

Date:
May 24, 2011
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Queen's University
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US doctors might find that their incomes start to rise -- not decline -- when Barack Obama's health care reforms are put in place, says a Canadian medical historian.

U.S. doctors might find that their incomes start to rise -- not decline -- when Barack Obama's healthcare reforms are put in place, says a Queen's University School of Medicine professor.

"The medical-income argument in the United States against moving toward a Canadian-style system is feeble," says Jacalyn Duffin, a medical doctor who specializes in the history of medicine. "Physicians' incomes grew more quickly than those of other Canadian professions following medicare. The universal, single-payer system has been good not only for Canadians but also for Canada's doctors."

Dr. Duffin conducted a study on the average net income of Canadian doctors over a 155-year span (1850 to 2005) and found that physicians enjoyed a windfall in earnings during the early years of medicare from 1950 to 1970 and that, after a decade of adjustment, medicare continued to enhance physician income. (Medicare is the unofficial name for Canada's publicly funded universal health insurance system.)

Health care in Canada does mean that doctors in Canada generally charge lower fees for services and earn less than their American counterparts, but so do most Canadians, and doctors are still the top-earning profession in Canada. But Canada's government-run system has resulted in lower practice expenses for a variety of reasons, including the lesser costs of billing, administration, and malpractice coverage. Medicare also ensures that all bills are paid in full.

The findings contradict what many critics of 'Obamacare' say will happen in the U.S.

The study also points out that gathering data on MD income is difficult. Dr. Duffin recommends that to bring the MD income portion of the Canadian health care package into proper light that physician after tax before expenses income be published -- just as it is for all public servants earning more than 100K.

The study will be published in the July issue of American Journal of Public Health.


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The above story is based on materials provided by Queen's University. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. J. Duffin. The Impact of Single-Payer Health Care on Physician Income in Canada, 1850-2005. American Journal of Public Health, 2011; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300093

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