The wage gap is closing between medical specialists of québec and ontario

L’écart salarial se resserre entre médecins spécialistes québécois et ontariens

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In its report, the canadian Institute for health information shows that medical specialists of Quebec have affected, on average $ 384,000 for the year 2016-2017, or 23 778 $ more than their counterparts in ontario.

The wage gap between doctors specialists in quebec and Ontario has fallen, reveals a study published Thursday. Data that will not help Quebec to justify the billion dollar “too much” that it intends to recover from the salary of experts, considers their federation.

“We started with the premise that specialist physicians are paid too much and too lazy, but [this study] confirms what our real position,” believes the president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ), Diane Francoeur.

In its report, physicians in Canada to 2017, the canadian Institute for health information (CIHI) shows that medical specialists of Quebec have affected, on average $ 384,000 for the year 2016-2017, or 23 778 $ more than their counterparts in ontario. The previous year, this gap was 36 380 $.

L’écart salarial se resserre entre médecins spécialistes québécois et ontariens

During the election campaign, the Coalition avenir Quebec had relied on this figure to compare the neighboring provinces and as well justify the salary “too high” of doctors specialists in quebec.

François Legault had promised to recover a billion in a reopening of the agreement between the former liberal government and the FMSQ in the spring of 2018. But before you sit down at the negotiating table, both parties have mandated the CIHI to carry out a comparative study on the pan-canadian compensation medical. The findings are expected by September.

To Dr. Francoeur, the final study still in progress will be “more refined” and give ” the right time “. The report released Thursday — more complete than the previous ones — is revealing and suggests that Quebec “will not be enough arguments” to negotiate.

For its part, the government Legault stands on his positions.

“The study of [Thursday] indicates that medical specialists of Quebec still earn, on average, over 20 % more than their counterparts in ontario (taking into account the cost of living), which represents approximately $ 1 billion gap,” said Myrian Marotte, attached to the press by the president of the treasury Board, Christian Dubé. She concedes, however, that ” the way to capture the data is not optimal, hence the need to wait for the final results of the study commissioned to CIHI.

Comparison incomplete

In the eyes of the experts consulted by The Duty, information is lacking to establish a real comparison between the canadian provinces.

“It is necessary to take into account the cost of living is very different, but also of the organization of the practice by comparing the net wages rather than gross,” said Roxane Borgès Da Silva, professor at the School of public health of the University of Montreal.

She believes that Quebec should not only be compared to Ontario, as do successive governments since decades. “Why do not compare with the countries of the OECD or the Commonwealth ? “

Damien Contandriopoulos, professor in the School of nursing, University of Victoria, believes even that the comparison does not take place to be.

“Stop this psychosis in Quebec to want to align with the province of Ontario “, lance-t-il, explaining that this “obsession” is part of a misconception that quebec physicians were leaving for Ontario to be paid better. “We need a collective reflection on what one considers to be a fair compensation of doctors, and reasonable to the company “, avance-t-il.

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