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Old 16.05.2012, 17:28
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Re: mysterious Dr.'s charge

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Does it bother anyone else the amount the doctor charges for 5 minutes of his/her time????

37chf per 5 mins...
= 444chf per hour
= 3552chf per day (assume 8 hours)
= 17,760chf per week (assume 5 day week)
= 71,040chf per month (assume 4 week month)
and a grand total of 852,480chf per year??

Because you think your doc will sit in his surgery/office all day and see patient after patient non-stop? He will have to write to colleagues/surgeons/specialists/ make phone calls to patients, old-people's homes, physiotherapists, etc, etc. Then s/he will have home visits and also visit old peoples Homes and institutions. Write insurance reports, analyse results, and discuss issues with staff, admin, run the business (yes it is a business), read up on new treatments and keep up with the medical press and research. The list is endless. Then s/he will have to pay his/her debts for the surgery/office, x-ray and other expensive equipment. The list is endless. The average salary is actually 200.000 - with country GPs in rural areas, earning a lot less.

Consultants/Specialists earn about double. One of the reasons why GPs are all coming up for retirement with no replacements available. One GP here died 5 years ago and was never replaced. It is hugely expensive to set up a modern surgery/office in CH.

by Etienne Strebel, swissinfo.ch
Fewer and fewer young doctors in Switzerland are choosing to become general practitioners, a trend family doctors protested against in the Swiss capital on Thursday.

If it continues, the decline in the number of GPs could have a serious effect on health care, they warn.

To better inform the general public of the situation, their association has launched a campaign demanding a change to health policy that encourages more students to embrace the profession.

Only ten per cent of medicine students plan on careers as family doctors. Meanwhile, half of Switzerland’s GPs are expected to retire in 2016, and by 2021, it is expected that 75 per cent will have retired.

Last edited by Odile; 16.05.2012 at 22:06.
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