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What Doctors Make


How much does a doctor earn? It’s a very common curiosity of us people.But I have got a very good answer on Quora from Dr. Raghuraj Hegde, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon based in Bangalore.I would like to quote few lines from his answer as it is.

Money is the wrong way to look at Medicine. The investments- financial, emotional, time- that goes into becoming a doctor will never be adequately compensated. A doctor who is more than average is capable of making more money in another field in less time, with less effort and a lot less stress. Those who succeed in this profession are usually passionate about it.

The median salary for each level of specialization is:

Post MBBS- Rs. 10,000 to 40,000/month (5.5 years of training)
Post MD/MS – Rs. 30,000 to 2,00,000/ month ( 9-12years of training)
Post DM/Mch/Fellowship – Rs. 50,000 to 3,00,000/month. (12-15 years of training)

Some doctors don’t get paid at all when they are training in a hospital imparting training. The hospitals trade free labour for imparting training to doctors.

Doctors making more than Rs. 200k/month comprise less than 5% of all doctors in India. That said if a doctor in India makes a modest Rs. 2,00,000 /month, he can lead a relatively comfortable life in any part of India.

Indeed, People are never satisfied with their own situation; they always think others have it better.

Source: Answer from Raghuraj Hegde, Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon based in Bangalore at Quora.

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