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European physicians fleeing socialized healthcare

Discussion in 'Topics in Healthcare' started by Nilf, May 12, 2007.

  1. Nilf

    Nilf 10+ Year Member

    Adjunct to the very heated debate on this forum concerning socialized healthcare (SH). The opponents of SH brought up the point that doctors from countries with socialized healthcare tend to pack up and go to US. This was simply dismissed by SH proponents. Read this:,1518,399537,00.html
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  3. Gut Shot

    Gut Shot 10+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2003
    This article is 15 months old, and outlines one of the most beaten-to-death events in modern international medical history. Essentially, German physicians used to make money by working for straight state gigs supplemented with private clinic work. The gov cracked down on the profitable clinic work, salaries plummeted and all Hell broke loose. I'd be curious to know what has happened in the meantime.

    It is well known that docs in other countries don't make as much as we do, but their incomes vary as widely as their working conditions. Australian physicians, for instance, work in a two tiered system and make almost as much as we do in the states. In Panama doctors submit 40 hours per week in free labor caring for the population. That's right, they work 40 hours per week, every week, without earning a dime. Don't cry for them, as a few extra hours in that economy can net enough to buy a palace downtown and have an armada of servants.

    In summary, I'm drunk. F**k you and the horse you typed in on.
  4. yaah

    yaah Boring Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Moving to a more appropriate forum.
  5. Miami_med

    Miami_med Moving Far Away Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Interesting article
  6. Miami_med

    Miami_med Moving Far Away Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Disagreement is encouraged, but let's try to avoid cursing at other posters if at all possible.

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