I don't know if anyone remember Michael Moore's Sicko, in which he says how good the NHS is in the UK, because two GPs in London made it rich, and could afford a massive house.
His point was that socialism in medicine is not to be feared, because look there are still rich doctors!
It was always a bit of a funny point, and a bit off-putting if you were in the UK, paying taxes.
There is that stereotype that i've heard Indian trained doctors joke about, that their parents told them to be a doctor or an engineer to be rich and successful, the irony being they should have become a banker or work in IT.
So what is the actual lifestyle medicine gives you in your country, once you've finished training? And does it live up to the expectations, stereotypes or ideas of the general population about how doctors live? Is there a tension between expectations and reality to you (it's not as good as I thought!) and your patients (that doctor is so rich they don't understand me!)
I'd say in the UK if you complete your training, become a consultant (attending) or GP (family practice doctor), you'll be in the top 5% of income, and you can afford a large (4 bedroom) semi-detached house in a fairly nice area with good schools in the north or midlands, or maybe a 3 bed in the nicest suburbs or down south. In London you might be able to buy a flat (apartment) with a few bedrooms.
You can afford a few foreign holidays a year, a modest car. If you want to send your kids to private school you won't be able to take foreign holidays or have as nice a house.
So it's pretty comfortable upper-middle class life, but not particularly a life of luxury. Now the students are paying £9000 per year for tuition fees, they might not be as happy when they have £50,000 of debt to pay on top of that.
I understand in the USA it's more extreme, more pay but way more debt. But from what I've seen even in Oz and NZ the cost of living, particularly housing, seems very high, is medicine still seen as a good profession?
And I've no idea about the non-anglophone world really, except from people talking about India where it seems private is where the money is, to lead a pretty luxury life.
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