Originally Posted by SchroedingrsCat
Sure you can blame the cost of medical education but doing that is not going to change the mess of unaffordable healthcare in the country. The obvious solution is to simply not attend high cost schools but obviously the drive for prestige & success won't let that happen (see law school) and these students will just end up being disgruntled and a detriment to the profession.
This is one aspect of the astronomical US healthcare costs that will surely be addressed to get back in line with OECD averages, so expect salaries to go down significantly. Please just don't incessantly whine about this when you're a doc, you should know what you're going into.
Umm...can you at least normalize it per hour. Its a well know fact physicians in the US work a crap ton of hours.
Look at the UK http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8177878.stm
their hour caps for residency is a joke compared to ours.
Pretty sure there isnt a huge difference in pay for a handful of those countries when you reduce it to per hour pay.