How much are doctors worth: how much do doctors really earn?BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39126.509861.47 (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:343
- Richard Rosin, attending psychiatrist
- Westside Mental Health Team, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“How long is a piece of string?” goes the old saying; how do you determine the value of anything? There's the old cliché about supply and demand; there's also the old marxian notion about the social determination of the “value” of money and commodities. And there is of course the time honoured labour theory of value.
So, how do you determine value? For example, how valuable is education? Most people would say that a good education is very valuable—then, how is that teachers are so poorly paid if what they do is so …