- Health authorities are constantly looking to decrease doctors' pay.
- Any time physician compensation issue arise, it is never in the nature of 'maybe we should change our approach, which is antiquated and wasteful.'
- Also, it is important to note that it is almost never doctors saying 'we demand more' but rather doctors reacting to health authority actions and saying 'please do not give us less.'
- The doctors (who I feel compelled to emphasize are the people charged with the task of saving our lives) draw very little public support when such an argument becomes public. See the comments sections on any physician compensation news story if you do not believe me.
Just using rough hypothetical numbers, assuming we all make our decision about our career path at age 20 and we all retire at age 65, and assuming doctors go to school for ten years, the wage set out above is far less appealing. In order to get there, you start working at age 30, having missed a good portion of your best working years and with a massive student debt. Conversely, if you had taken a well-paid job requiring less or no education, you may well have bought a house and accumulated some serious equity by age 30. Further, if $225,000 is the average, it is fair to assume that the average entry level physician earns less.
Add to this factors like long hours, labyrinthian bureaucracy and constantly facing downward pressure on your earnings from the only employer for whom you can work (let us recall it is a single payer system).
Further, and again to invoke my previous article, Justin Trudeau seems bent on taking even more away from our doctors. I will pause to note the inherent irony in this. You plan to pay doctors less in an effort to collect taxes geared toward (among other things) the creation of a better health care system.
Two general principles I think people could agree upon in principle are as follows:
- Attracting and retaining more and better doctors is desirable.
- Key to attracting and retaining people generally to any job is treating them well.
I encourage any readers to consider my paradigm. Doctors are highly-educated, hard-working life savers. They are financially comfortable as a group, but not rich as a rule. Even if they were rich, however, I think that would be fair given the job they do. I do not support downward pressure on their remuneration. Like many other professions (teachers come to mind) I feel as though these public jobs are invaluable to us. If anything they should pay better.