August 3, 2018 - Publishing physician billings without context does not paint an accurate picture of the physician pay structure. Worse, it does nothing to fix the real problems our patients face when they turn to the system for care. This is why the Ontario Medical Association has fought hard against making physician earnings public for the past four years.
In order to provide the care patients need, most doctors work as small business owners. Medical clinics and facilities outside of a hospital or nursing home are funded directly by physician pay. These clinics help shorten wait-times and increase access to care in underserviced areas. Some specialists are the only ones of their kind to serve an area of hundreds of thousands of patients and are paid only when they serve a patient.
On average, 30% of a doctor’s gross pay goes to overhead. Doctors pay staff salaries out of billings and employ nearly 100,000 people across the province. We cover the costs of our infrastructure, equipment, out-of-hospital operating rooms, and everything right on down to chairs, desks and examining tables.
None of this is mentioned when an excel sheet is printed in a newspaper to generate clicks. This request serves only as a distraction from a bureaucratic and inefficient health-care system which, for the past six years, has failed to put patients first.
We will take the appropriate time to review the court’s ruling and communicate our next steps to our membership in the coming weeks.