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Canada sees increasing number of physicians return home

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 27, 2006

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A physician shortage in Canada has helped put the country in a position of gaining more physicians than it is losing to the United States for the second year straight. Work-force watchers said higher reimbursements and better facilities may be encouraging physicians to come back to Canada.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information reports that 122 Canadians moved to the United States to train in 2005, while 169 doctors who did training in America returned to their homeland for a net gain of 47 doctors. In 2004, 202 physicians left the United States for Canada, while 162 Canadian doctors moved south, primarily to do residencies.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/11/27/prbf1127.htm.

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