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Medical career losing appeal as top option (3)

By Wang Qingyun  (China Daily)

16:25, January 05, 2013

"However, the heavy workload and salaries that don't match the effort make many doctors feel that their job is not that decent. In Beijing, a top doctor can get up to only 300,000 yuan of legal income a year. But in most cases, their income ranges from 3,000 yuan to 8,000 yuan a month. On the other hand, there are doctors taking illegal money like bribes, but this kind of income doesn't make them feel more decent".

A doctor of 22 years, 45-year-old Lu, agreed.

"A resident in my department gets only 3,000 to 4,000 yuan a month," he said. "Top doctors in the department, such as me, get about 10,000 yuan a month."

Several outstanding young doctors in the department left in recent years because "they didn't see any hope", he said.

Yet the "especially heavy workload" that doctors believe should be worth more is not the only cause of their pressure.

More than 70 percent of those polled said that medical disputes and "too many expectations from patients" also add to their work pressure.

"Only one-third of diseases can be effectively treated by medical science, and sometimes it's hard to predict how a disease will develop," said Deng, who was a doctor in Henan for eight years. "However, sometimes medical disputes occur when patients and/or their families feel that the treatment doesn't meet their expectations."

A rule issued by the Supreme People's Court in 2001 stated that hospitals must provide evidence that proves they are not responsible for injury to patients if a patient sues for allegedly flawed treatment.

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