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The wide disparity in the salary of Doctors in India

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: India | Post Date: 2009-09-25

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The salary that is paid by an organization to professional people varies from place to place and the type of work that is done. In India, as far as the health profession is concerned, the Doctors are the ones who are at the top of the pyramid. They are the main decision makers in most of the treatments. The doctors also are the policy makers in various health related activities.

The Medical Council of India is the regulatory body for the Doctors. This body actually decides on the basic salary of all doctors and revises it from time to time. All Physicians as soon as they finish their medical course are registered as part of this regulatory body. Many of the doctors who finish their basic undergraduate course go on to complete their specialty in various subjects. Some even complete their super specialty. The completion of post graduation helps the doctors to be able to earn more.

The wide disparity in the health care system in India plays a major role in the actual salary that a doctor earns in India. The salary structure can vary from organization to organization and from state to state. Doctors with similar qualifications working in a corporate hospital will earn more than a doctor working in a government hospital. If the same doctor works in a non-profit hospital like the ones for Leprosy patients and other such mission hospitals, the salary will be a pittance compared to what is earned by the doctors working in corporate hospitals.

The doctors working in such hospitals for the downtrodden are the ones who are true to their Hippocratic Oath and are really working for the benefit of mankind. These Doctors will earn anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000 Rupees per month if they work in a Mission hospital. The same doctor can earn double of that in a government and corporate hospitals.

The gap widens as the person becomes more experienced. This is because the mission hospitals will not be able to afford a lot of money even to experienced doctors. The corporate hospitals shell out a lot of money to doctors who are very experienced.

A Doctor who has completed the Postgraduate education can earn anywhere between 25,000 to 35,000 Rupees per month in a mission hospital. In a corporate hospital, they earn a minimum of 75,000 and the salary can go up to even 1.5 lakhs per month. The same doctor may be offered around 80,000 rupees per month in a Government run hospital.

The other glaring difference between the work conditions and earning abilities of doctors in India is that Doctors who work in various government run hospitals and corporate hospitals earn more than their regular salary by having a clinic in a big city and earning much more than their regular salary. The Doctors who work in mission hospitals on the other hand are required by their organization to avoid private practice. This is to keep the doctors focused on their helping nature and to prevent their work becoming like a business.

In fact the thousands of doctors (both undergraduate and postgraduate) who work in various non-profit mission hospitals in India have given up lucrative job offers to work in these hospitals to help the poor and the needy. They are happy too, with what they have, though they earn far less than their counterparts in corporate and government run hospitals.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist and also a freelance writer. I have been writing for many blogs and websites and also take up freelance assignments. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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