Are medical licensing rules worsening Canada’s doctor shortage? Your questions answered – CBC

Also: How have other countries addressed doctor shortages?

Apr 05, 2023

If you’re struggling to find a family doctor in Canada, you’re not alone. Health-care professionals we spoke to pointed to the country’s complex medical licensing procedures as a major contributor to the problem.

Why is that? And how have other countries solved the same problem? We explore some of the most common questions we heard from you.

What barriers exist for doctors looking to practise in Canada?
Jurisdictional requirements, access to residency programs and rigid standards all contribute to the obstacles doctors must navigate before being licensed in Canada.

Many of them are not able to practise because they haven’t completed a minimum two-year residency position — a requirement for licensing whether they went to medical school in Canada or not.

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