Remember being a kid and thinking when you grow up you would like to have a high paying job like a doctor or lawyer? According to Medscape, this mentality has changed among practicing doctors with 49 percent of all physicians and 54 percent of primary care physicians reporting they are not satisfied with their income. For some, this may be difficult to comprehend when a doctor’s annual salary, on average, ranges anywhere from $160,000 to $315,000 and patients are reviewing medical bills, which without insurance coverage, are astronomical.
However, physicians feeling the way they are is not unreasonable. Between the debt that is incurred from medical school and loans, individuals are averaging around $141,000 over the course of their schooling. The government and insurance companies also can cap doctor’s incomes.
My income is 60 percent of what it was ten years ago and I'm doing more work," said Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon in Detroit. “I love being a physician, but I hate what is happening to medicine. Too many people are coming between me and the care I provide to my patients. Dissatisfaction among physicians is also on the rise according to the same Medscape study, with only 54% (out of 24,000 surveyed) of physicians saying they would choose a career in medicine again.