HUNDREDS OF ONTARIO DOCTORS BELONG TO $1M BILLING CLUB

Apr 22, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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Over 500 doctors, possibly yours, billed the province more than $1-million last year.
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One opthamalogist billed what the government’s calling ”a staggering” $6.6-million.
The top billers represent less than 2% of Ontario doctors, but Health Minister Eric Hoskins says they account for almost 10% of billings, which translates into $677-million.
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Their names and where they work are not being released, but two of the top five billers are ophthalmologist, two are radiologists and one’s an anaesthesiologist.
The million-dollar club’s made up of over 150 diagnostic radiologist, 85 opthalmologists and close to 60 cardiologists.
There are no caps on billings by Ontario doctors, who are paid an average of $368,000 a year.
The health minister says specialists who earn several times the average are taking money from other physicians and health-care services.
The province and Ontario Medical Association have been at odds ever since the government imposed a series of fee cuts last year.
A total of $11-billion a year is spent on physician compensation.
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