Physician Shortage Problem in Canada from 1980 to 2015
Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Shang Jiang
Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 24, 2016; Accepted date: November 28, 2016; Published date: November 30, 2016
Citation: Jiang S (2016) Physician Shortage Problem in Canada from 1980 to 2015. J Gen Pract (Los Angel) 4: e112. doi: 10.4172/2329-9126.1000e112
Copyright: © 2016 Jiang S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
For the past two decades, Canada has been experiencing a decrease in the number of active physicians. Currently, the physician-topopulation ratio is 1:492, or 2.03 physicians per 1000 persons , in comparison to other OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, Canada has almost 1 less physician per 1000 people. ÃÂis physician-to-population ratio then places Canada in the 26th ranking position out of 34 OECD nations . In the past few years, the ratio began to increase faster. In the 1970s, Canada had an abundant number of physicians to serve the population; however, from the early to mid-1980s, the federal government decided to decrease medical school admissions and available training positions to curtail active physicians who would be available to the population. 6pecificall\, by the 1990s, a report to the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health recommended each province to decrease both medical school enrollment and professional training positions by 10% . Also, the government has strict policies in accepting foreign doctors while they comprise about 24% of the current physician composition [1,2].