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Oh, to be a military dentist

More than 500 federal employees pulled down $200,000 last year, and 145 of those were doctors and dentists with DND


Who says the army doesn’t pay? Certainly its doctors and dentists make out okay, raking in salaries above $200,000 or more and counting among Canada’s 500 top paid federal employees. Yup, they’re right up there with deputy ministers, who can earn as much as $300,000 a year. The numbers were obtained by the Ottawa Citizen, and if you plan to read the story, get ready for the usual blather about how the feds have to pay more to attract top talent from the private sector. That’s the official explanation for the military doctors, anyway. DND says it has to dangle fat signing bonuses before them to pry them away from that the publicly funded medical system. You know: the one many physicians not long ago were complaining doesn’t pay close to what they could earn south of the border. Thank goodness so many of them are so civic-minded.

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Oh, to be a military dentist

  1. Yes imagine – being paid less than market rate as a dentist but trying to put together injuries in a combat zone or reconstruct things back at home here in Canada.

  2. Dental work is not brain surgery. My daughter took a health care course in Guatamala a few years back; two weeks were spent on dentistry. A dentist from Kansas city came down to teach them. The first week, among other things, they learned to give each other local anesthetic. The second week she pulled 6 teeth. Now I will be the first to admit two weeks is on the short side, but four years, like any teacher or nurse, is reasonable, and should be similarly compensated.