Workers in tech factories in China have more labor protections than US resident physicians


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“Medical residents have fewer labor protections than Chinese factory workers.” In 2012, the Fair Labor Association recommended capping workers at 49 hours per week including overtime and paying 1.2 million workers overtime they deserve. Residents, however, work well over 50 hours a week and furthermore, receive no overtime benefit, meals or gas mileage reimbursement for call duties.
The usual bullying culprits of residents are the attending physicians. In a 2016 meta-analysis article by BioMEd Central, the most frequently noted form of mistreatment was verbal abuse, with the most common perpetrators being fellow physicians of higher hierarchical power.


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The absence of "worker protections" is state of individual freedom from government interference in one's work decisions. Residents are individuals in the process of overcoming government barriers to entry, which are protection (from competition) for established doctors.
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