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Are some doctors more equal than others?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 22 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2917
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
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    What is a doctor worth? No, I’m not having a moment of existentialist angst. Forget that emotional claptrap, I’m talking about what really matters: money, moolah, cash, whatever you want to call it. “More than we’re paid,” is the usual, rather sullen, response.

    This question is easy to answer. We all think we’re valuable and underappreciated. Some even think of themselves as indispensible.

    Here’s a more difficult question, though, and many will disagree with my responses. Are some doctors worth more money than others? Well, no, if you look at national pay scales. …

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