HealthCare.gov has been a success, but a recent report by the U.S. government shows that a significant number of doctors in rural and underserved areas of the country are receiving inadequate pay.
The report, published by the National Center for Policy Analysis, found that more than half of the physicians in rural areas of rural states received less than $500 a month in income, while almost half of rural doctors in urban areas earned more than $1,000 a month.
The median annual salary for an internal medicine physician in rural states was $1.45 million, while the median annual wage for an MD in urban states was only $834, according to the report.
While the median income for an MS in rural-area areas was $839, the median salary for a MD in the same state was $914, and the median wage for a primary care physician was $2,938, according the report, which did not take into account additional costs.
The data showed that almost 70% of primary care physicians in the states reported having an annual salary of $250,000 or more, according for the report.
“We have to change the culture of the U, where you’re supposed to earn more and you’re not supposed to be a low-wage employee,” Dr. Jayanth K. Sinha, a primary health care physician in Ranchi, India, told The Associated Press.
“We have a very low threshold for a high salary.
We don’t have a cap.”
Sinha is among those in the rural states who said that while they could afford to pay the salary they were earning, the medical education they received did not prepare them to work in a field that was not traditionally well-paying.
The National Center on Aging reported in 2016 that there were approximately 4,000 MS specialists in rural India, who made an average of $1 million a year, according Reuters.
The center estimated that there are 1,400 MDs in the country.
More than 1,800 MS physicians are currently working in India.
A recent report from the U-M Health System said the shortage of primary-care doctors has resulted in a decline in primary care visits, resulting in patients waiting longer for care, as well as longer waits for treatment.
According to the U.-M Health system, about 15% of the rural population is underserved, meaning they have no access to primary care.More: