If you’re considering medical school in Canada, you’ve likely heard that there are significant pay differences between Canadian doctor salary vs US. The reason for this gap is because of the way our single-payer healthcare system is structured. In Canada, doctors must bill their services to provincial health authorities at standardized rates. The different medical specializations earn different salaries each year depending on the number of patients that they see and the average cost of each procedure. However, while the cost of different procedures might vary depending on the provincial body that regulates them, they will typically be fairly stable across provinces – that is, a doctor working in Ontario doing a hip replacement will have a relatively similar income from the procedure as one working in Alberta. Instead of billing a government authority, American healthcare providers bill health insurance companies for the procedures they perform with any remaining costs covered by the patient. This leads to differences in the amount billed for each procedure. For example, a surgeon doing a hip replacement in Canada can bill the government for around $650. The average cost of the same procedure in the US is $1634. This can lead to a significantly larger doctor salary in the US vs Canada. But do these pay differences exist across all specializations? What are the advantages to choosing the Canadian system instead? Here are some factors to consider when you’re deciding whether to cross the border or not.
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Kristen Campbell is a content writer with experience writing for technology, real estate, healthcare, and higher education. She holds a BA from McMaster University and a B-Comm. from the University of Calgary, and is passionate about creating content that’s both educational and engaging.More from this author
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