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Why is Anesthesiology so lucrative?

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by AK_MD2BE, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. AK_MD2BE

    AK_MD2BE New Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2006
    Saint Louis
    Forgive the ignorance, I am merely a lowly medical student at this point in my career...but why do anesthesiologists make so much money? I am not saying that it is easy...but I have heard it described as 95% boredom and 5% terror/excitement. I realize that it can be stressful b/c if you make a mistake someone could literally die, but I just can't figure out why anesthesiologists are paid so well.
    As an adendum, does anyone see the salaries of anesthesiologists decreasing (I realize that all physician salaries will probably decrease across the board once we get socialized medicine) relative to other physicians? I just can't figure out why everyone doesn't want to do Anesthesiology? Maybe I am just one of those strange people who is fascinated by pharmacology and physiology and the pharmacodynamics of drugs, so it is the perfect fit for me...and as a bonus, you get paid extremely well.
    Thanks for the information.:)
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  3. fakin' the funk

    fakin' the funk ASA Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2004
    Craploads of threads about this, try searching for 'em.
  4. Broken Ankles

    Broken Ankles Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 30, 2003

    better question is why does primary care pay so little.
  5. Bertelman

    Bertelman Maverick! 7+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Had a Cooch
    I'll start by stating the obvious. Anesthesiology allows a surgeon to assault a person in a truly medieval fashion, whilst the patient feels nothing. I'd say that's worth something.
  6. Bwhahha

    Never ceases to amaze me how brutal surgery is... sometimes i have to lift the drape higher so i dont get splattered....
  7. jetproppilot

    jetproppilot Turboprop Driver 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    level at FL210
    Don't really know.

    But I, like Troy Aikman (quarterback who once called the automated bank service where he had his checking account just to hear the balance, then cracked up laughing)...

    aint arguing.
  8. BlackSails

    BlackSails 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Anaesthesiology pays well because people are willing to pay well to not feel or remember what goes on during surgery.
  9. SleepIsGood

    SleepIsGood Support the ASA ! 5+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Well anesthesiologists play a pivotal role in sustaining a pts life under surgery that's why. You know how complicated the human body is. All of that is essentially in the anesthesiologist's hand while you're not conscious. That's a tremendous responsibility.
  10. NewGuyBob

    NewGuyBob Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    Being in the OR is what is lucrative. The time a surgeon spends at the office or rounding is not reimbursed as well (if at all) as being in the OR doing cases. Now, anesthesiologist are in the OR ALL the time, and while a surgeon does 300 - 400 cases a year, an anesthesiologist is doing 700- 800 in private practice. Thus the high income.

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