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I am baffled by the top place of NB, unless they were starting from some baseline of absolute misery prior to the measure. The next four are very small jurisdictions, as is the last. QC is not in a good place--the absolute number of physicians immigrating into that province is the same as Manitoba's, which is 1/8 the size.

I do think that a breakdown by CMS would be more useful (I downloaded the data and CIHI doesn't report that). A recent study in the US found that large increases in physician and nurse supply (YOY growth larger than population growth) disproportionately benefited large urban centres.

Shangwen:
I found the numbers for the Atlantic region interesting. I think part of what is happening is that total physician numbers in the Atlantic provinces have been increasing at rates comparable to other provinces but their population growth rate is very low compared to Ontario, Alberta or BC. As a result, they have caught up in their physician/population ratios over time.

I suspect a part of the moderation in cost increases is due to the trend for doctors to work less and have a better work/life balance.

The Nova Scotia numbers don't surprise me much, they have a medical school/teaching hospital and act as a bit of a regional center for more specialized medicine. Toronto's numbers are probably high for similar reasons.

"I suspect a part of the moderation in cost increases is due to the trend for doctors to work less and have a better work/life balance."

That's probably a factor. I know a number of doctors who have pointed to the increase in the number of woman in the medical profession as changing the expectations of what the practice of medicne is supposed to be.

This does illustrate the dangers of looking at inputs (number of doctors), rather than outputs (amount of medical service provided) in measuring costs.

I gather it's not just women who are looking for more balance either.

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