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Hourly pay for General Physician?

Discussion in 'Topics in Healthcare' started by daysinnnc, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. daysinnnc

    daysinnnc 10+ Year Member

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    How much do those physicians make an hour?
    I am sure they make 6 figs but is it really ture??
    compared to how stressful the job is, the salary is nothing..
     
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  3. CATallergy

    CATallergy 2+ Year Member

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    lots of jobs are very stressful. on wall street, you are constantly making decisions where there is risk losing millions (or more!), and maybe they shouldn't be, but people are much less forgiving when it comes to their money
     
  4. IckeyShuffle

    IckeyShuffle MS1 t-minus 1.5 months.. 2+ Year Member

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  5. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    Ummm...okay. :rolleyes:

    BTW, I don't think physicans have an "hourly" wage. It's more of a quota, where you are required (if you work for a hospital/clinic anyway) to see a certain # of patients a week or a day, and you have a set yearly salary.

    And job stress is relative. If you are doing something you like in a place you like, it probably will be less stressful. Different people find different things stressful.
     
  6. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

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    Umm..I dunno about that...you can always earn money again...however if a surgeon messes up and chops one of my balls off or something by accident, I'm not growing a new one.
     
  7. sirus_virus

    sirus_virus nonsense poster 2+ Year Member

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    Actually, the salary is nothing. Physicians are now on the verge of dropping out of that six fig bracket, while still holding down six fig debt. You are also right about stress. You can't really relax when pts are waiting to sue the crap out of your ass.
     
  8. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    Solid point.
     
  9. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    I would only add that the doctor is actually trying to help you regain your health or your life. I understand the importance of an appendage, but doctors are humans and therefore prone to make mistakes.
     
  10. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

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    ya but I'm just saying I'd be more forgiving to someone who lost me $100,000 than someone cutting off one of my balls (or whatever...insert your favorite appendage).

    Like I said, I can always make more money
     
  11. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

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    I understood your point. All I'm saying is, should you be able to (in many cases, I'm not saying negligence doesn't exist among doctors) sue the person who gave you the ability to sue them in the first place?
     
  12. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

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    random comment
     
  13. Depakote

    Depakote Pediatric Anesthesiologist Rocket Scientist Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    maybe... but I think only someone that has experienced the later would be able to appreciate that perspective. your typical american is going to take the loss of $100k and go after your favorite appendage.
     
  14. CATallergy

    CATallergy 2+ Year Member

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    would you be more afraid of a guy with one ball, or two? j/k (and don't worry ladies, many of you can be very frightening)in more seriousness, there is a mentality in the business world of capital wanting to see that if their investment goes south, the sponsor's "life is destroyed" (of course, there are nicer capitalists who just want to see someone "get hurt") in medicine, there is more acceptance of the reality that people are human and that people die
     
  15. etf

    etf Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    general practitioners pull in about $100/hr.
     
  16. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

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    so if you work 40 hours a week, thats $4000 per week, $16,000 per month
     
  17. ryandote

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    Is this sarcasm? I don't get it.

    etf's figures seem to be on the outside of possible. Especially if he meant actual billing time (like, time spent with patients). That's probably closer to 30 hour per week (?)
     
  18. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

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    :laugh:
     
  19. caloh

    caloh my fresh cup of coffee 2+ Year Member

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    this article talks about the change in reimbursements for surgeons over the past decade or so for a particular practice.

    table 6 reports hourly wage by specialty. they quote AMA News.

    sad to say, but GPs seem to make half of what u said.

    however, it's unclear how AMA News defines hourly wage, etc, etc...
     

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  20. Cirrus83

    Cirrus83 Too old for this 10+ Year Member

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    Yeah, plus it's not stressful if you just don't care, lol.

    The key is to become as super-jaded as possible as quickly as possible. Then you'll be able to just brush it off and work without distraction or stress.
     
  21. Cirrus83

    Cirrus83 Too old for this 10+ Year Member

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    It depends on where you work but I think a lot of places "sort of" have an hourly wage or a salary, like a base pay, but you get a performance bonus depending on how many patients you see (and thus, how much money you're bringing in).

    This of course means that you'll be spending like 5 minutes with each patient trying to run through them like crazy, but it's how it goes I guess. It's kind of disturbing actually, how little time some of the schedules allow for (I'm talking about regular old IM docs obviously)
     
  22. Cirrus83

    Cirrus83 Too old for this 10+ Year Member

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    Dude, you still have your other ball. It's not as if he chopped BOTH of them off :laugh:

    And plus, with the miracle of cloning and stem cells, one day you might actually be able to grow a new one (or your clone pig will grow it for you)!
     
  23. Tired

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    I know this is pre-allo, but can I just point out a couple things?

    1) I don't see GPs anywhere in that article. I see mentions of FP, but that's not the same thing.

    2) GPs have largely disappeared from the American landscape. The practice opportunities are extremely limited, and the numbers are increasingly declining. Anyone contemplating medical school who is seriously interested in being a GP should really look into the huge downsides before they pursue such a career.
     
  24. mshheaddoc

    mshheaddoc Howdy Moderator Emeritus 15+ Year Member

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    I'm going to move this to Topics in Healthcare as this isn't really a pre-allo discussion topic. :)
     
  25. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. Physician Gold Donor SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Actually, only about 12% of physicians are paid a straight salary (fixed wage). Most are compensated based on production.

    http://www.aafp.org/fpm/981000fm/cover.html

    Physician compensation methods
    [​IMG]
    Source: Medical Group Management Association.
    Physician Compensation and Production Survey:
    1997 Report Based on 1996 Data.
     

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