The National Physician Database (NPDB) was established in 1987 by the deputy ministers of health and transferred to CIHI in 1995.
The NPDB provides information on demographic characteristics of physicians, physician payments and physicians’ level of activity within Canada’s health care system.
The NPDB receives data from provincial and territorial medicare programs through a standardized set of data elements.
Billings by physicians in Canada for health care services are detailed at the individual physician level as well as for patient sex and age groupings.
Information on physicians’ non-billings payments is collected at both the individual physician level and an aggregate level.
NPDB data is available for the following fiscal years:
- Most recent year: 2017-2018
- Next release: 2018-2019 (September 2020)
- Historical data: 1989–1990 to 2017-2018
NPDB data is derived from physicians’ billings, including fee codes, which are submitted from provincial and territorial medical health care insurance plans.
The Physician Services Benefit Rate (PSBR) provides interprovincial comparisons of fees paid for physicians’ services. PSBR compares fees for 10 service groupings, comprising most fee-for-service payments made under Canadian medicare systems. Benefit indices are calculated for family medicine and each of 16 physician specialties. Explore the PSBR data tables.
The National Grouping System (NGS) organizes fee codes from billings data into homogenous categories for each province and territory, which allows for comparisons of physician services and activities across the country. View the NGS visualization (PDF).
The NPDB contains
- Socio-demographic, payment and service utilization data of physicians
- Service utilization data, by age group and sex, of physicians’ patients
- Physician payment information at the individual, specialty and aggregate level
CIHI ensures that the quality of information in our data holdings is suited to its intended uses and that data users are provided with accurate information about data quality. Read more about our Data and Information Quality Program.
NPDB data quality documentation can be found in the Methodology Notes of the annual NPDB data table release.
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