FREDERICTON (GNB) – For the first time, the provincial government has disclosed payments made to medical practitioners.

“Transparency and accountability are of the utmost importance for your government,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Following recommendations from the auditor general, and necessary legislative amendments, we are proud to follow through on our commitment to publish payments made to medical practitioners who work in our province.”

In spring of 2015, the Department of Health introduced legislative amendments to the Medical Services Payment Act to allow for public disclosure of these payments.

In most cases, medical practitioners are paid through a salary, fee for service or a combination of the two systems.

  • Salaried medical practitioners are provincial government employees who receive a salary, pension and insured benefits.
  • Fee-for-service medical practitioners bill Medicare by the service provided to their patients. They do not receive pensions or other insured benefits but may receive payments for specific negotiated benefits.

The amounts disclosed are gross amounts paid. This does not reflect expenses a medical practitioner may pay, such as staff or rent, and therefore does not reflect their net income.

Medical practitioner payments for the 2015-16 fiscal year are available online. Future lists of unaudited payments to medical practitioners will be included with annual disclosures made by the Office of the Comptroller in Public Accounts Volume II.