Doctors are paid well

Overview of doctors' salaries by specialty

Doctors salaries: why are there so big differences?

As the table in the above paragraph shows, the differences in the salaries of general practitioners are enormous. In the case of an employed doctor, criteria such as qualification and professional experience determine the amount of his salary, this is regulated in the collective agreement for doctors of the various institutions.

The type of institution in which the employed doctor works, i.e. whether he or she works in a municipal hospital, in a university clinic or in a private clinic, also has an influence on the collective agreement and thus the salary.

In the case of general practitioners, however Above all, the specialty plays a decisive role in the level of medical income.

A resident doctor for neurology or psychotherapy with his own practice takes on average less than a third of the income that a practice for radiology generates - measured by the income per practice owner. One of the reasons for this is that the treatment of a patient by a radiologist is usually much shorter than, for example, a session with a specialist in psychotherapy. This means that the radiologist can treat a larger number of patients per day.

Another reason for the high salary of radiologists is the expensive medical equipment that they have to buy in order to be able to work as a resident specialist in radiology. Neither a psychotherapy doctor nor a general practitioner have to make such purchases. With the latter, the focus is primarily on the practice rooms and their furnishings as well as the necessary basic equipment for examinations, administration or reception.