25 August 2011

"Even francophone medical grads are leaving Quebec"

You want to retain more doctors? Let them practice in the language of their choice.


Quebec has long benefited from unofficial linguistic protectionism; if skilled French-speaking Quebecers wanted to live, raise children, and work in their own language, there were few places in Canada outside this province where they could settle.
So Quebec could offer lower pay and poorer working conditions and still retain talent.
According to the most recent information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, this province spent 11 per cent less per capita on health care than Ontario, and paid its doctors an average 25 per cent less. Even so, it had 23 per cent more doctors per 100,000 of population than its neighbour.

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