Why Some Canadian Doctors Are Trying to Get Paid Less, Not More

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Instead, they say the money should be redistributed - to fund more nurses and other health care professions, and to make care more affordable for their patients.

More than 500 doctors in Canada's Quebec have protested against a pay raise kick-starting a campaign demanding a decrease in their salaries, The Washington Post reported.

Late last month, the Quebec doctors' association MQRP fired up a petition against the doctors' raises, saying the increases are "shocking" when nurses, clerks and other medical professionals "face very hard working conditions" and patients have been hit by budget cuts affecting the public health system.

The MQRP petition refers to the such conditions adding that the only thing immune to healthcare system cuts are salaries received by the doctors.

In the petition, doctors cite that there have been cuts to health services in recent years, with more power going to the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Last month, however, Quebec's federation of medical specialists met with government officials to discuss increasing the salaries of 10,000 specialists across the province by 1.4 percent.

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The petition has so far amassed 742 signatures-420 physicians, 157 resident doctors and 165 medical students.

The average Canadian physician in 2016 earned some $260,924, according to a September 2017 report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

"That's something that I would accept if they would accept among themselves", Minister Gaetan Barrette told CNN.

"It's like a union itself in terms of functioning", he said.

They also said accepting more money while other people in their field are dealing with hard working conditions could not be done "in good conscience".

A viral Facebook post by one Quebec nurse spelled the situation out in late January, describing her total exhaustion after covering more than 70 patients alone on an overnight shift. "My Health system is sick and dying".

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