Originally Posted by suburb
Boris' note didn't provide numbers. I know of family physicians that clear $500K/yr. True that some only clear $200K-$250K/yr, but often those are ones that work the equivalent of part-time. Remember that while family physician clinics are open long hours, often they are staffed by a number of family docs, so it is not like they are working all the time.
According to the CMA, the average salary is about $210-220K per year, but that's gross pay. Overhead is "estimated" at 40%, but that's variable. The pay schedules were boosted a bit in the last few years which helped get to this level, but it's still way out of line with what specialists get. Not that family doctors are doing particularly poor for pay, again. $110-$120K a year isn't bad at all. Many doctors who are very well off tend to either have married a specialist or have successfully invested their wealth.
There are outliers in either direction. In the last few years, my mother has seen quite a boost in her pay schedule, with the increase in salary outpacing the rising costs of running a practice. That has been enough to reverse the flow of doctors into the province (it was negative for a few years back in the mid-90's), but the rate of new entrants is a trickle compared to population growth. Doctors aren't fleeing the province en masse anymore, but they sure aren't latching onto our land of opportunity bullshit either. Licensing doctors who've immigrated here with foreign credentials would help a bit, but that's also just a drop in the bucket.