Physician overall average salary for 2019 was $313,000, With the average primary care physician earning $237,000. Specialists earned $341,000 on average based on the Medscape 2019 survey
So, the question is, are physicians too highly paid? A few perhaps in some areas of the country, but on average not in my opinion.
Compare that income say with a college football coach or lower level professional athlete or yikes, a politician.
Or better still, do you think based on hours worked, training, stress levels and more that a primary care physician should earn at least four times that of a kindergarten teacher? Sen Sanders wants all teachers to earn at least $60,000.
M4A, to be close to affordable, must cut physician and hospital payments. There is controversy over whether that means immediately to Medicare levels (30-40% lower) or just something less than now paid by the private sector. Nevertheless, cuts must be made and not without consequences.
So, how much compensation is fair for US physicians?