Greater accountability for hospital CEO pay

Ontario proposes pay-for-performance approach in new bill
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/17/2010

As CEO and president of Hamilton Health Sciences, a group of six hospitals and a cancer centre in Hamilton, Murray Martin was paid $705,000 in 2009. But if he worked in the private sector, his pay would be much more.

“In terms of my own compensation, in a similar sized, similar complexity, private sector organization, I would be paid three to four times what I make,” he said.

Dramatic rises in CEO pay at hospitals in recent years are partly driven by more physicians being attracted to these roles and partly to stay competitive with private sector opportunities, he said.