Quebec’s health minister says he is scandalized that surgeons and anesthesiologists get bonuses just for arriving at work by 8 a.m.
Yet, Gaétan Barrette says he can’t do anything about the policy.
Le Journal de Montréal reported the province’s surgeons and anesthesiologists shared $86.1 million over the past three years for getting to work on time.
That translates into an average of more than $19,500 a year for anesthesiologists and more than $7,500 for surgeons.
Barrette says the money comes out of an overall budget and that it is up to doctors to determine how it is spent.
The bonuses are aimed at ensuring operating rooms are up and running early in the morning.