Alberta's top doc given massive $227,911 bonus while province's healthcare workers asked to take pay cut

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During the past two years, government health officials and healthcare workers alike have stepped up to the plate to help the population deal with everything the COVID-19 pandemic threw at them. In many cases, however, while one group was financially rewarded for their extra work, the other had their wages reduced.

This scenario played out in Alberta, where according to publicly available records, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw raked in nearly $250,000 in extra monetary benefits on top of her triple-digit salary in 2021.

According to the government’s salary and severance disclosure table, Alberta’s top doc received $227,911.35 in “cash benefits” above and beyond her salary of $278,926.99. Hinshaw was also given $5,238.85 in “non cash benefits.”

Cash benefits are described as “overtime, vacation payout, northern allowance, vehicle allowance and lump sum payments,” while non cash benefits include “pension, medical and dental coverage, group life insurance and disability plans.”

A breakdown of Hinshaw’s earnings is not publicly available.

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