More doc­tors for N.L.

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE -

There are more doc­tors tend­ing to the sick in New­found­land and Labrador ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Cana­dian In­sti­tute for Health In­for­ma­tion (CIHI) on Sept. 27.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, there are 1,315 doc­tors prac­tic­ing in the prov­ince in 2016, an in­crease of 2.6 per cent from the pre­vi­ous year. This trend shows a steady in­crease of 6.7 per cent from 2012-2016. This prov­ince has 248 doc­tors per pop­u­la­tion of 100,000 in 2016.

Pay­ing doc­tors through 2015-16 re­mained at $386 mil­lion, iden­ti­cal to the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year. Each physi­cian in the prov­ince av­er­ages a salary of $276,000, down $1,000 from the pre­vi­ous year.

The CIHI re­port said that for the 10th straight year the num­ber of doc­tors in Canada in­creased, more than the pop­u­la­tion grew. The to­tal physi­cian pay­ments reached an all-time high, while the av­er­age gross pay­ment in­creased by less than one per cent from the year be­fore.

New­found­land and Labrador was sec­ond na­tion­ally in the area of in­ter­na­tion­ally trained physi­cians in its work­force with 36.6 per cent. The num­ber of fe­male doc­tors in the prov­ince is 37.3 per cent.

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