A report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) found that over the past 5 years, the supply of doctors has increased almost 3 times faster than the population of Canada; the number of physicians in Canada increased 14%, compared to a 4.7% growth in Canada’s population. Furthermore, the number of physicians practicing in rural communities increased by 10% from 2007 to 2011!
“The encouraging news is that the gap between the number of urban and rural family physicians is decreasing,” says Geoff Ballinger, Manager, Health Human Resources A at CIHI. “Many regions have implemented programs to persuade new graduates to work in rural areas. These initiatives encourage doctors to practise in communities where physician access would otherwise be difficult.”