Private care could increase availability of physicians

One approach to physician unemployment is job-sharing — and income-sharing — as reported in the National Post [February 12, 2016].

As Tom Blackwell reports:

“The unemployment issue arose about five years ago. In 2014, 14 per cent of graduating specialists and sub-specialists — twice the rate in the overall workforce — could not find full-time posts, a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons survey found.

“The problem is more acute in surgery and other specialties that require doctors to be hired by a hospital, which supplies facilities, technology and support staff. More than half of graduating radiation oncologists, for instance, and 43 per cent of ophthalmologists said they had been unable to find full-time work in 2011 and 2012.

“The college, which certifies all specialists in Canada, says the problem stems largely from a disconnect between the number being trained and the positions hospitals can afford to fund.”

But why should highly trained physicians be forced to compromise their careers and compensation because of rationing by the Medicare monopoly. Canadians would have timely access to necessary care if the private sector was allowed to provide it. And, unemployed or under-employed physicians would have the opportunity to utilize their expertise and skills.

Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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