Term: Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

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Last Updated: 2009-02-26


Standard measure of physician workload established by Health Canada that uses physician claims to quantify their practice relative to what is considered a full load and results in a single value for each physician. "Full-time" physicians (FTE=1) are those whose earnings fall between the 40th and the 60th percentile of billings. A physician with an average workload above this "normal" level would have an FTE value greater than one and a physician whose workload is below "normal" would have an FTE value of less than one.

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