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The biggest problem with doctoring
So many comments, so little time.
“They come from a working paper, newly updated, that analyzes more than 10 million tax records from 965,000 physicians over 13 years.”
My concern is not what the data revealed, but how were they able to get the data off tax returns? Sounds a little sketchy. I know I nor DW didn’t sign any waiver allowing our medical income data to be mined. I wish they would have talked more about that.
The article makes a big deal about specialists. Looking at the chart, every country listed except Columbia had more specialists than GPs/interns.
The article talks about the lack of residency slots, more graduating medical school than training slots available. What was not mentioned, to produce an adequately trained physician, they have to see/experience X number of cases/patient contacts to get the appropriate experience to “first do no harm”. Sure, double the training slots, you just released a bunch of poorly trained physicians because they have seen 1/2 the cases needed.
Pay. Yes, I was well above the average and DW was really above the average. We both also worked well above the average number of hours/week. For me, 60 hours minimum, if I was on a call rotation that included a weekend, could push 90 hours. FWIW, read a study/survey about 10 years ago that the average work week for physicians was 60/hours.
Almost everyone still goes into medicine to “help people”. There are just too many easier ways to make as much if not more money. However, at the end of the day, at the end of school, at the end of training, you realize you have bills to pay just like everyone else. Plus greater debt. Plus a delay of saving for retirement by 10 years or more.
Somewhere, somehow, I missed all the kickbacks from drug companies.
Retired about 3 years and don’t really miss it.