Canadian Doctors Like Me Are Starting To Look For The Exit
Canada, and especially Ontario, has become an increasingly unattractive place to practice as a doctor.
By Adam Stewart MD, CCFP
What if you or your loved one desperately needed to see a doctor, but there were none left; or, just as hopeless, the wait list was well over a year long? What if there are not enough doctors to work at all the emergency departments across the country? I do not expect people to feel sorry for the financial matters of doctors. From the public’s perspective, all doctors are relatively rich. As one prominent health journalist once unsympathetically wrote, perhaps doctors “should put a little water in their fine wine.” For over three years, Ontario’s doctors have been hit with multiple unilaterally imposed cuts to funding, not to mention being repeatedly villainized by the provincial government. More recently, the federal government has proposed tax changes to corporations that will dramatically impact Canada’s doctors. Some estimates propose doctors will be subject to an effective tax rate as high as 73 per cent, or even 93 per cent.