Sunday, April 17, 2011

What BC doctors earn

This document ("Blue Book") lists the BC government's gross payout to each individual physician, organization and hospital in the province for the year 2010.  Other years available here.



Anonymous said...

I checked a couple of GP I know and found that they didn't get rich. Staff, office and equipment alone would use up a large amount.
Looks like a lot of teachers make a better hourly rate.

Frances said...

Gross payout is very, very misleading. Some doctors work only in a hospital environment (think anaesthesiologists) and so have minimum overhead. Others, like your family doctor, have to rent offices and hire staff. Still others, like opthamologists, will have a lot of specialized and expensive equipment, as well as - often - facilities to perform some surgery. So the doctor's take-home pay will bear no relationship to his or her gross remuneration.

JR said...

I wasn't implying that doctors are overpaid. Gross payouts are just that. Take-home pay will be what's left after expenses are deducted. In many cases those expenses are pretty big.

However, I did find the site very interesting. I don't believe most our family's doctors are getting especially rich in spite of their quite 'healthy' billings. A couple had what I'd consider modest billings.

But the one doctor I think least of at the moment billed well over $1M last year {a one doctor office with 3 staff with office rent estimated at under $50K/year (~$28/sf/yr)}. My impression has been that the office suffers from patient overload leading to shaky service and errors. The high gross billing bolstered that impression.


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Anonymous said...

Apparantly, he average GP salary is 150,000 as of 2011. The average adult annual salary is 30-50 thousand depending on the source. Doctors share the cost of overhead and equipment they can also deduct these expenses. Doctors in Can are doing very well, and I might add, there is a big decline in the human service element of care. Medicine is a turnstyle operation with very few signs of any vocation of care, more like a vocation of control and making money. My ideal of medicine took a big hit when I became ill 13 years ago. I think direct health care needs a radical re configuration with more training and more effective use of other health prof3essionals, and expansion of health prevention starting in grade school.

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