The National Physician Database (NPDB) contains data on fee-for-service physician payments in Canada.
Data come from provincial and territorial medical health care insurance plans.
This database contains:
The purpose of NPDB is to:
Through our Data Quality Enhancement Program, CIHI strives to ensure that the quality of the information in our data holdings is suited to its intended uses, and that data users are provided good information about data quality.
Data disclosure is determined by CIHI's privacy principles and policies. All data are subject to a provincially and territorially imposed access policy. Access depends on the type of client, the type of data, the level of aggregation and the province or territory of interest.
Over time, the Average Payment Report, Full-Time Equivalent Physicians Report, National Grouping System Categories Report, Reciprocal Billing Report and the Alternative Payment Report have all been combined into one single annual report: National Physician Database Data Release
The Expert Group on Physician Databases advises CIHI on data quality, methodology and product development of the National Physician Database (NPDB) and the Scott’s Medical Database (formerly Southam Medical Database) (SMDB). The group is composed of individuals with experience or interest in physician resource planning, medical care utilization data or database management. Members are from the provincial/territorial ministries of health, medical associations/organizations and the researcher community.