Prince Edward Island doctors paid more than $67 million above salaries

Teresa Wright
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Prince Edward Island Health Minister Doug Currie

Primary specialty   Total gross payment amount

 

Ophthalmology         $1.2 million

Psychiatry                $1.23 million

General practice       $926,317

Specialist                 $840,746

Internal medicine     $816,781

Note: These payments are in addition their annual base salaries but also include payments to locum physicians

Organizations: Islanders, Health P.E.I., P.E.I. Medical Society

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, P.E.I., Prince Edward Island.Currie

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  • b.jones
    April 30, 2014 - 16:44

    This artical misses several essential points. For those physicians who work on a salaried basis and this represents only a portion of the complement , monies earned as FFS are done so for hours worked outside there 40 hr work week and augment the care offerred to Islenders. Secondly many physicians are not on salary and the artical makes no distinction as to those who only recieve remunaration when they work and make no income when not in the office. To simply group all physicians togeather without accuratly discussing the relavant facts is irresponsible journalism . I expect more from our news people.

  • Peter
    April 27, 2014 - 17:02

    Premiere Ghiz' wife is a doctor. How many of these $67 million did she get?

  • Kenny Rand
    April 24, 2014 - 19:00

    1.23 million for a psychiatrist? Something is wrong with that picture. Time for an audit, could be fraud. Who is managing these costs?

  • Me
    April 24, 2014 - 18:57

    PEI is elderly and getting older... what do you expect?!

  • Quiet Observer
    April 24, 2014 - 11:23

    My opinion is that all doctors should be paid fee for service. And there should be no limit on how many doctors set up in a centre, such as Charlottetown. let's get a little competition for patients going so maybe doctors will start providing a little better service to patients. I I will not start on ER doctors who spend more time looking at their new fangled computer screens than they do looking after patients. Was in there a few weeks ago with my aged mother. There was 1 person in waiting room. Four others in patient rooms. 2 doctors on. Waited 2 hours for doctor after going to exam room. I watched and one doctor spent 45 minutes on her computer screen. saw a patient, then went back and spent 30 more minutes. So, that is seeing 1 patient in about 1.5 hours. Other doctor was not as bad, he only spent 15-20 minutes at a time on computer between seeing patients. Either way, the focus now is not on patients, but on doing whatever they are doing on their computers.

  • An opinion of sorts
    April 23, 2014 - 15:29

    I agree somewhat about some ? specialists. There is one I often wonder about especially. No headway ever made, does not seem to know his stuff. Just vague. My opinion. Waste of your time seeing him. Disorganized imo Are we really thoroughly checking backgrounds thoroughly? Just a question. If we were to take doctors from each province and give them a written test how would our province fare?

  • An opinion of sorts
    April 23, 2014 - 15:28

    I agree somewhat about some ? specialists. There is one I often wonder about especially. No headway ever made, does not seem to know his stuff. Just vague. My opinion. Waste of your time seeing him. Disorganized imo Are we really thoroughly checking backgrounds thoroughly? Just a question. If we were to take doctors from each province and give them a written test how would our province fare?

  • AnonymousIslander
    April 23, 2014 - 14:40

    1.2M for a psychiatrist? With the state of mental health and addictions as it is in this province?!

  • differences
    April 23, 2014 - 12:27

    Saw doctor this aft re my wrist/forearm. Got there 2:35pm, doc saw me at 2:40pm. Had x-ray at centre at 3:10pm (5 min wait). Got blood tests at the lab at 3:30pm (17-18 min wait). Got Rx filled after. Such a stark comparison to PEI. A friend in another province wrote this , she is a generational islander. Her Mom on PEI recently had to wait for nearly 6 hours for a drug refill. She is in her nineties. It is not the same in other provinces, and there are vast discrepancies.

    • Dave
      April 23, 2014 - 14:41

      You're quite right, it seems the quality of PEI health care is likely last in the country, but access to health care is likely first. I live in a small Albertan town now, the size of Souris. Nearest hospital is 45 min away and until the last year, we did not have emergency services or our own doctors (they traveled from other towns). ..........Specialists are all 3-5 hours away. This is normal off PEI. PEI is wasting all it's money on providing unrealistic access............The rest of the country sees 30 min to a hospital as normal, rural Islanders see it as a human rights infringement.

  • COME ON
    April 23, 2014 - 11:47

    Really you pay someone to work 3 to 4 hours a day 5 days a week . I could be so lucky to have a plus job . I would BE TOO ASHAMED TO SAY WHAT YOU SPENT ON THIS .Look into your new doctors , payed for not working .Great way to go .

  • Chris
    April 23, 2014 - 10:25

    I guess someone should ask, why are we paying so much money for medical costs for inmates in our correctional facilities. Is it worth it?

    • maybe
      April 23, 2014 - 15:01

      Maybe we should ask why we spend money on your medical costs. Are you worth it?

  • Dave
    April 23, 2014 - 09:57

    To put it context, the last time I looked it up, PEI was ranked 9th of the provinces in GP wages. Only Quebec paid less. .....Doctor shortages exist all across the country, not just PEI. Remember the Dr who left Souris claiming he could work PT in BC and make the same wages, while spending more time with his family?

  • Marie
    April 23, 2014 - 08:31

    Doug Currie; It's a sad statement for you to admit you will spend in excess of $620M this year to service 150,000 people. Many of these same people don't have a family doctor, have to leave the Island for ANY specialty medicine, no addiction help, no help for our disabled, no abortion clinic, etc etc.. So explain to me again who it is you are helping with taxpayer money because, from this story, it sounds like the budget is for staff....oh yeah...it is!...that's some surprise!!! Suffer the patients...sleep well Mr Currie?

  • Fed up
    April 23, 2014 - 08:28

    With the lack of specialists...and ALL doctors on PEI....it's interesting Currie says it's for the SPRCIALISTS we ask for!?!? Where are the Vascular Surgeons? The Dermatologists? The "Doctor for every Islander?" Even no technicians who read ct scans?! We wait 3-6 weeks to have them READ!! That's a long time for people waiting for news if the Cancer is gone!! Every time Currie stands up...just to show his face on tv or in the paper...people get more angry. Friend of ours LOST HIS LEG!! In Halifax, he was told the leg could have been saved if looked after earlier. AND there were FIVE THERE FROM PEI...JUST IN HIS ROOM. What did that cost. They had all gone over...sent back with pending strike...back again for treatment...and surgery. Currie...or Ghiz who gives these ridiculous orders...should spend some "quality" time dealing with this lack of medical care!!

  • Around The Corner
    April 23, 2014 - 08:22

    Can it be so simple as to say what is the infrastructure and budgeted costs to correctly look after 144,000 or so in the community. Can it be that simple. Then is the medical profession, and it's support, complacent with what has developed in renumeration over the past 7 years. Get all one can, Island Liv'n theory, and don't say a word? The equipment to administrate health, from ambulances to hospitals, is there in aces. The communities are there with their efforts at fund raising for awareness, talking the cure and listening. Just this week an Islander shockingly died in a Toronto Hospital after a seemingly sudden and sad for all, 28 day bout of discovered cancer.... missed twice, to four times, when on the Island, may have been detected, in the last 14 months by actual health issue tests and visits to Island medicine practices. My question Is there a focus on the business of doctoring rather than the focus on the sworn oath of caring medicine. PEI with it's grand systems and modern health structures for 144,000 individuals +- should be a destination for medicine to be practiced and cure advancements, The fees gathering, the add ons, and infrastructural support are presenting themselves as primary to the secondary thought of proper diagnostics and discovery of disease.

  • and still
    April 23, 2014 - 07:41

    all that money, and still they deny women their basic human rights by refusing abortion,

    • maybe
      April 23, 2014 - 15:04

      There is more to life than abortion. I swear, if someone was posting that they were dying of heart problems because they couldn't get to see a doctor the response would be that it was more important to get abortion than a good heart specialist.

  • voter
    April 23, 2014 - 06:59

    let's shut down the whole place and save ottawa some handout money--there are lot's of better places in Canada--exile all retired politicians to pei and let them travel to halifax or moncton ,etc for health care and other necessities

    • Eyes Open
      April 23, 2014 - 08:59

      A man with no wisdom sheds darkness on the conversation. You go, girl!

    • voter
      April 23, 2014 - 17:41

      obviously too deep for you -- or your buttons are too easily pressed

  • sammy
    April 23, 2014 - 06:45

    Salaries are just the tip of the iceberg. The physicians are paid additional money for just about everything to run their practice. Read the Master Agreement sometime (it is online).. Our doctors are the 2nd highest paid in the country. You wanted health care 2nd to none well now you got and and you will pay for it in your taxes.

    • No Idea
      April 23, 2014 - 08:33

      Just shows that money doesn't always buy quality. I have no issues with the GP's we encountered but the specialists wouldn't pass the board exams in a 3rd world country. A couple we had to use nearly killed one member of our family and as a result, we left PEI to get correct care in another province. Years of suffering were fixed within weeks of getting a specialist elsewhere who knew what he was doing.

    • Dave
      April 23, 2014 - 10:25

      I'd like to see some proof of your wages. That's not what I have read, and I don't believe you are even close to correct.