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Doctor brain drain reversed

American doctors head north in record numbers


Medical recruiters in Ontario and British Columbia are reporting record numbers of doctors moving north. Statistics from the Canadian Institute for Health Information confirmed five years ago that more Canadian-trained doctors were returning to Canada than leaving. However, new numbers show American-trained doctors are moving here in greater numbers than ever before, too. HeathForce Ontario, the provincial recruiter, says only 10 American-trained doctors came in 2007, but that was up to 87 in 2009. So far this year, 66 have moved to the province, putting the agency on track for a record number of recruits. British Columbia is reporting a similar increase too. Recruiters say the change is the result of higher pay and better conditions aimed at ending the doctor shortage earlier this decade. Pediatricians, psychiatrists and family doctors can now make $50,000 to $100,000 more in certain parts of Canada than they can in certain parts of the U.S. Recruiters also say Obama’s Health Care changes and the hassle of dealing with insurance companies is make medicine less appealing in the U.S. than ever before.

National Post

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  1. Are Canadian-trained doctors heading back to Canada because it is no longer as lucrative to practice in the United States because the USD to Canadian dollar exchange rate no longer favours salaries south of the border?

    I was never particularly comfortable with the fact that Canadian taxpayers, who funded our country's medical schools, were unable to benefit from those we helped educate. While I realize that the cross-border labour market is free and open, it still rankled me that politicians didn't take action to keep much needed, Canadian-trained physicians in Canada during the 1990's and early part of the new millenium.

  2. I have never met a Canadian that wants an American style 'for profit' medical system.
    When Canadians complain they want OUR system to get better, not a switch to what they have south of the border.
    Too bad the Republican party in the States has to twist the truth to the less than informed American neighbours.