Steven Globerman: Canada has a scarcity of doctors, and it may get worse

The Province (Canada)

While health care is a dynamic service characterized by the continual introduction of new drugs and medical devices, physicians remain at the centre of health-care delivery. It is therefore worth noting that Canada lags well behind almost all developed countries in the availability of physician services.

Specifically, Canada ranks 29th out of 33 high-income countries for the number of practising physicians relative to the population. Unless physicians in Canada are much more productive than physicians in other high-income countries, the data suggest that Canada suffers from a relative scarcity of physician services.

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Steven Globerman is the Kaiser Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for International Business at Western Washington University, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, and co-author of the study Physician Supply in Canada: Projections and Assessment, published by the Fraser Institute.

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