Surely you've seen this tableau play out in North American pop culture.
A wealthy surgeon exits his multimillion-dollar home and jumps into a shiny sports car. Expensive golf clubs sit in the back seat, primed for a weekend round with other wealthy surgeons (and maybe a politician or two).
Stereotypes like this have inspired generations of parents to push their children in medical school — some for the important contribution doctors make to society, others for the idea that it will cement a lifestyle filled with wealth and prestige.
Though there are a handful of medical professionals who indeed fit the scene above, the reality is a little less cushy.
Only a small number of specialists command salaries in the seven figures, while most doctors these days are paying off massive student loans well into their careers.
Compared to the U.S., Canada has far fewer surgeons tooling around in luxury vehicles. And with the recently announced fee cuts, the National Post reports that many Canadian docs are considering a move down south.
But as QMI Agency reports, Ontario's Health Minister is still angered by the number of millionaire doctors populating the province.
"I was appalled when I saw how many were making in excess of $1 million," Deb Matthews said, referring to a list that counted over 400 names in 2010.
"Some doctors are getting paid too much. We need to address the issue of relativity. Some doctors in some specialties are earning a fraction of what doctors in other specialties are earning."
Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews 'appalled' by number of millionaire doctors | Daily Brew - Yahoo! News Canada