The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



The compensation paid to pediatric cardiac surgeons


The manner in which pediatric cardiac surgeons are financially compensated in Manitoba is not satisfactory.

The evidence suggests that one of the issues that encouraged Duncan to leave Manitoba related to the manner by which pediatric cardiac surgeons are compensated financially. As well, this was an issue when Dr. Odim was being recruited, and, if not addressed, will continue to present an issue for the future recruitment of pediatric cardiac surgeons.

For a variety of reasons, the global compensation available to pediatric cardiac surgeons in Manitoba is considerably less than that available to adult cardiac surgeons. This results from lower caseloads and lower surgical fees for procedures that are more complex and take longer than adult procedures. This disparity is in large measure based on historic circumstances that no longer apply. Unless the schedule is amended, it will be difficult to attract and retain experienced pediatric cardiac surgeons to this province.


It is recommended that: The Manitoba government and the Manitoba Medical Association adjust the Manitoba doctors' fee schedule to allow for the payment of compensation to pediatric cardiac surgeons that does not stand in the way of the effective recruiting of, and maintenance of, pediatric cardiac surgeons in Manitoba. The fee schedule should reflect the fact that pediatric cardiac surgeons are as highly trained as adult cardiac surgeons; that because of a lower case load, pediatric cardiac surgeons will perform fewer operations than adult cardiac surgeons; and that the operations that pediatric cardiac surgeons perform will be just as, if not more, complex than adult cardiac operations.



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
  Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues
  Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment
  Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre
Section 2 Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993
  Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
  Chapter 7 - The Slowdown
May 17 to September 1994
  Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
  Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
Section 3 Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations
Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report
Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel
Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony
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