i find the posts about doctor pay not being high enough to be absurd. as medical practitioners, our role is to help people. compensation comes in many forms. there is monetary compensation and non-monetary compensation (the sense of satisfaction when you see your patients recover and discharged from hospital, or you made a difference in somebody else life)
monetary compensation wise it is not as good as lawyer or banker. but the sense of satisfaction is priceless.
we worked up to a 100 hours a week if we include call hours. yes some patients are stubborn and doesnt do lifestyle changes, but perhaps it is the technique and explanation. once you make them trust you, they will improve their lifestyle.
from money perspective, i never had a single classmate that failed to qualify for the HDB loan eligibility due to insufficient pay. in fact, all of us can afford a good location 5 room bto hdb flat with great ease.
if you want a sense of satisfaction, serve humanity, have the opportunity to work hard and use your skillset, and does not want excessive compensation, medicine is the right career for you.
Here are what netizens think:
- The next time i visit my doctor, i will pay them non-monetary compensation. I make the doctor feel a sense of satisfaction for serving me anyway, priceless.
- Please also remind them that there are other allied health professionals who easily put in the same amount of hrs and expertise to patient care but i rarely see them (nurses) driving Porches or living in district 10
- Not everyone can be high flyers earning big bucks. And you need to be special to chose medicine as yr livehood. At times I heard the air stewardess announced ” is there a doctor on board?’ to attend to an emergency.And it might be a high flyer in distress. À nurse ensures you’re taken care of when hospitalised. Just because their salary dont permit them to go to work in a porshe does it makes them a lesser person in society? It you use dollars and cents as a yardstick the answer is obvious. And thats what happened to the young doctor who’s struggling to fit in with his 3 siblimgs. Its not uncommon. It’s happening all the time.
- It’s not ridiculous to suggest one gets paid fairly for what their work is worth. Just because a job provides satisfaction, doesn’t mean it should be under compensated. There’s no reason why you should be paid less than some of these professions you mentioned there.