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Profile of physicians in Canada in 2016

The infographic presents a profile of physicians in Canada in 2016.

  1. Supply. In 2016, there were 84,063 physicians in Canada, representing a 2.3% increase over 2015. There were 230 physicians per 100,000 population; 8% of physicians were located in rural areas and 92% were concentrated in urban areas. Overall, the average age of physicians was 50. 59% of practicing physicians in Canada were male, and 26% were trained internationally.
  2. Payments. In 2015–2016, total gross clinical payments to physicians increased 3.4% over the previous year to $25.7 billion. Fee-for-service payments accounted for 72% of gross clinical payments, and alternative payments accounted for 28%. In 2015–2016, the average gross clinical payment per physician was $339,000. The average payment to family medicine physicians was $275,000; the average payment to medical specialists was $347,000; and the average payment to surgical specialists was $461,000.
  3. Family medicine profile. In 2016, 55% of family medicine physicians were male and 45% were female. The average age of male family medicine physicians was 53, while the average age of female family medicine physicians was 46. 29% of family medicine physicians were trained internationally.
  4. Medical specialists profile. In 2016, 62% of medical specialists were male and 38% were female. The average age of male medical specialists was 52, while the average age of female medical specialists was 46. 24% of medical specialists were trained internationally.
  5. Surgical specialists profile. In 2016, 72% of surgical specialists were male and 28% were female. The average age of male surgical specialists was 53, while the average age of female surgical specialists was 44. 17% of surgical specialists were trained internationally.

 

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