Doctors getting smaller payment increases, doctors per person rising: Institute

The Canadian Institute for Health Information says doctors in Canada are seeing smaller payment increases at the same time that the number of doctors per Canadian is rising.

The not-for-profit says that in 2016-2017, total gross clinical payments to physicians increased 2.8 per cent to $26.4 billion.

That's the lowest single-year increase since the organization started collecting data in 2000.

In the same year, the average payments to physicians remained ``virtually unchanged'' at $342,000, or a 0.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

The institute says gross clinical pay covers the cost of running a practice for most physicians, so it should not be considered equal to take-home pay.

Meanwhile, it says the number of doctors per Canadian increased for the 11th consecutive year.