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Hundreds of Canadian Doctors Protest Their Own Raises

More than 500 doctors and medical residents from Quebec, Canada, are speaking out against their own pay raises, which they find offensive given the struggles of nurses and patients, CNBC reports.

"We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations," they said in a letter, also signed by 150 medical students.

Canada has a public health system that provides "universal coverage for medically necessary health care services provided on the basis of need, rather than the ability to pay," according to a government website.

While the average Canadian physician is paid $260,924 U.S. ($339,000 Canadian) per year, according to a recent Canadian Institute for Health Information report, that doesn't take into account what doctors must pay in overhead.

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