Medical transcriptionists prepare medical reports and correspondence by typing them exactly as dictated by health professionals. Transcriptionists also help create the medical records of each patient in a hospital, clinic, private practice or nursing home. Due to advances in technology, Canadian medical transcriptionists have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients from their own homes.
Skills & Abilities
Medical transcriptionists must have the ability to listen to audio recordings and accurately type the contents of each recording. This involves good typing skills, excellent listening skills and the ability to use proper spelling and punctuation. Working from home also requires a special set of skills and abilities. Home transcriptionists need to market their services to potential clients, manage their time effectively, handle multiple projects and prepare invoices for their services.
The requirements for a medical transcriptionist in Canada vary based on the rules of each hiring organization. Completing a medical transcription program improves your chances of securing steady work from a reliable company. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity indicates that a good medical transcription program should include coursework in health care documentation, medical terminology, English language, professional practice and technology. Canada has three schools that offer medical transcription programs. These schools include the CanScribe Career Center, ICS Canada and the Toronto campus of triOS College.
PayScale Canada reports that the average annual salary for a medical transcriptionist in Canada ranges from CAD $25,020 to CAD $39,705 with one to four years of experience. The salary of an at-home transcriptionist depends on her experience, the services she provides, her experience level and her location. Salary also varies based on the speed and accuracy of the transcriptionist. The more reports a transcriptionist completes in one hour, the higher the hourly rate he receives.
The Canada Revenue Service considers any self-employed person to have a sole proprietorship business. As a result, self-employed medical transcriptionists must prepare and file business tax returns. The returns must include the income earned from every transcription client. If a transcriptionist does not report the total amount of income earned, he faces a penalty of 10 percent of the amount he did not report.
Canada does not have its own medical transcription association or society, which limits the networking opportunities available for at-home transcriptionists. While many online forums offer tips and job leads, networking in person gives transcriptionists the opportunity to meet new people and learn from others. Professional associations often sponsor workshops, seminars and conferences for members, so the lack of a national society for transcriptionists also reduces the number of continuing education opportunities available to Canadian medical transcriptionists.
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