Where do you get the idea? I work in a complex that is part hospital, research facility that has part of a university medical school attached to it. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and a host of others get trained here. We have doctors that are fresh faced and just starting out and others that have worked to the top of the income ladder.
Originally Posted by dsprice
According to the WRHA's latest annual staff compensation report, released Tuesday, 35 of the 50 highest-paid staff are ER doctors.
Many even out-earned some of the WRHA's best-known senior administrators, including president and chief executive officer Brian Postl and Dr. Brock Wright, the senior vice-president of clinical services.
Last year was the first full year of a hefty fee increase that started in the summer of 2007 designed to woo doctors into the city's four community hospital emergency rooms. The deal offered doctors salary hikes worth between 25 and 50 per cent, making them among the highest-paid ER physicians in the country.
We get to pick our own doctors. But as probably with you, just because you want to go to a particular doctor does not mean the doc has to take you. I was seeing one doctor and he decided to specialize in seniors. He referred me to another doctor which I went to for a while. Now that I moved across town I wanted to see a doctor closer to home and chose a clinic to go to. They had a few doctors there, a couple already had enough patients but two were still taking some, so I picked between them.
Of course there are doctors in Canada that are very qualified and are very good at what they do. So, do you get to pick your surgeon or are you assigned?
Picking surgeons is the same way. Your doctor refers you to s surgeon and you can take him or ask for another. The more popular ones are booked up a lot more so it may take longer to get your procedure done. If you need emergency treatment, usually you get who ever is on call at the time or who has a slot open.
Despite Brian's flaming post(s), I have actually been looking into the subject of healthcare for quite a few years now and would enjoy comparing notes with you.
BTW, Brian, yes healthcare has gone up since Obama took office, but its still not 200k annually. If you are paying that much you are being hustled. If you are paying half that, you are being hustled. Do you have coverage? Your own policy or through your employer? How much, really, do you pay?
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I will not pick apart the article even though I see a number of points to dispute. But you can see where the author's mindset lies.
My own personal contacts with Canadians support a recent article in the Montreal Gazette, in which a Canadian woman described the frequent rudeness of unionized Canadian medical staff as compared to the "kindness, discretion, and professionalism" of staff members in U.S. hospitals. Few Canadians can afford to experience health care in the U.S. and thus make this comparison.