Okay everyone, hold on to your teeth. These two articles detail the pays and perks of Ontario hospital executives which have recently been made public. There’s little I need to add, except that what one executive gets another wants. If this is what Ontario administrators enjoy, are ours far behind?
Health care administrators love to compare their incomes to the private sector. On October 4, 2011, the president of Capital Health, Chris Power, said on CBC Halifax’s Information Morning she didn’t feel that health care executive compensation is out-of-line with that paid by the private sector.
What she ignored is that when you work in the private sector you are accountable for your actions. You have to perform or you’re out the door. When has anyone in Nova Scotia health care administration been fired? In Truro the new hospital is $80 million over budget and a year behind schedule. Has anyone lost their job? In Halifax, Capital Health has gone from unloading ambulance patients within 20 minutes (something they achieved in 2005 and which is the provincial requirement) to 133 minutes in 2011. Capital Health says it will take them four years to get back to where they were six years ago and meet the provincial requirements! And at Capital Health only 48 percent of employees say they trust their employers. That doesn’t sound like performance that justifies private-sector-like pay.
Watch this space next Wednesday (January 11th) for new ideas on this topic.