Some of those stymied in their job search are trained in areas — like oncology and orthopedic surgery — where governments have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years to expand services and reduce patient delays.
But while provincial governments have paid to train more specialists in those high-demand areas, hospitals and health regions often lack the money to hire them once they hit the job market, experts say.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons — which oversees and sets standards for medical specialties — has already catalogued a list of high-unemployment specialties. It includes not only oncology and orthopedics but cardiac surgery, nephrology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology — the ear, nose and throat field — and public health and preventive medicine.
There are many people whose loved ones are on a waiting list who would pay to see those specialists RIGHT NOW if we had more private medicine.
But no, no, let the bureaucrats run the system, they've done a real bang up job so far.