Let's do some quick comparisons of medical systems. Let's look at the US, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.
In the US, primary care docs earn an average of $161k a year while specialists earn an average of $230k a year. In the UK, that's $118k and $150k respectively. In the Netherlands that's $117k and $253k respectively.
In Germany that's $77k for specialists and no info for GPs.
How about patient visits a week for primary care doctors? 19 per day in the US 41 per day in the UK 243 per week in Germany (over 48 a day if working 5 days a week over 34 a day if working 7 days a week)
24.6 per day in the Netherlands is my best estimate.
How about time spent with each patient for a routine visit? US 18 minutes UK 10 minutes Germany 6 minutes
Netherlands 10 minutes (time of average consultation)
Population density per sq km US 33 UK 265 Germany 225
Yes some of these numbers are a few years older. I invite anyone who can find more up-to-date numbers to share them here. This was the best I could in one sitting. However, I doubt there has been a drastic change. So if you want overworked physicians who are underpaid, socialized medicine can you help you get there. One way to have socialized medicine and get around this is to pay your doctors very well but be a small, densely populated country with high taxes.
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