SOURCE: Canadian Health Policy Institute


August 11, 2016 14:30 ET

Ontario's Doctors Are More Efficient and Cost Less Than MDs in Most Other Provinces: New Study

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - August 11, 2016) - A new study suggests that Ontario's doctors are more efficient and cost less than MDs in most other provinces. In fact, Ontario ranked lowest among all provinces in a comparison of the average total spending on fee-for-service payments per full-time physician.

The findings are directly relevant to the recent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the provincial government. The publication of the results is also timely because on August 14th Ontario's doctors have scheduled a membership vote to decide whether to accept the agreement reached between the OMA and the province.

The study examined total direct spending on physicians in Canada by province, adjusted for population, GDP, the number of active physicians and the volume of services rendered. It used the most recent publicly available data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

By the various metrics of physician costs used in the analysis, of the 10 provinces, Ontario ranked (1 = highest):

  • 2nd for cost per capita;
  • 5th for cost per capita relative to GDP;
  • 4th for cost per active physician;
  • 3rd for cost per active physician relative to GDP;
  • 6th (of 9 provinces with available data) for cost per service rendered;
  • 9th (of 9) for the average gross fee-for-service (FFS) payment per full-time equivalent (FTE) physician in each of the family, medical and surgical specialty groups; and
  • 6th (of 9) for the average gross FFS payment per FTE physician as a percentage of GDP per capita in each of the family, medical and surgical specialty groups.

The study was authored by Dr. Brett J Skinner (Ph.D.) and was published at Canadian Health Policy the online journal of Canadian Health Policy Institute (CHPI).

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