Why Do People Become Doctors?

No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.

As you likely know, it’s really bad for Doctors right now. Unfortunately, without massive intervention, it’s going to get a lot worse.

You likely know all of the negative statistics, but for context, here they are:

In a 2016 survey, The Physicians’ Foundation found:

In the midst of all of this, many current and next generation doctors are rejecting the 20th Century outdated model of Medicine that is harming so many of them and their colleagues. Doctors are seeking to create a work-life-mental-spiritual balance. It starts by figuring out why they have become doctors in the first place.

People become doctors for some combination of 3 main reasons:

Prestige

Money

Help Others

However, all three of the reasons have continued to lose their luster over the last couple of decades. And, as the statistics show above, it’s not getting any better:
The prestige
While not completely gone, the prestige factor continues to degrade. Why do doctors continue to accept being called “providers” by insurance companies and hospital executives? (After all, the word physician actually means “one who is skilled in the art of healing” not one who is skilled in the art of providing.)
The Money
Most doctors in the US earn good salaries compared with other careers. However, most “providers” will tell you that their incomes are being squeezed and their responsibilities are increasing. Therefore, their real income is decreasing, especially when you factor in the amount of patients they must see on a daily basis, just to keep their income where it was the year before. And it continues to get worse.
To Help People
Sure, doctors still provide a service that numbs the pain or provides surgery, but at less than 8 minutes per visit, how well does the doctor really know their patient?
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Here is a list of what physicians find MOST satisfying about practicing medicine:

It’s no wonder why are so many Doctors unhappy, frustrated, burned out, and angry (to name just a few).

Ultimately, patients desire two main things from their physicians: time and advice.

And, what may seem counterintuitive, physicians desire the same thing. In fact, almost 74% of physicians described “patient relationships” as the most satisfying aspect of their medical practice.

Doctors are starting to wake up and are considering taking the Red Pill.

Doctors are starting to realize that there is structural damage to the profession and calling they know and love. However, it’s impossible to cure structural defects.

The system is going to correct itself by collapsing.

Or you can do something about it before the collapse.

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