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WELL-TRAINED - WHY NOT WELL-PAID?

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I get very upset when someone complains about the income of physicians. I seldom hear complaints about the outrageous salaries of athletes, actors, actresses, talk show hosts and national newscasters.

I remind those who complain about physician incomes of the many years of schooling and training of physicians - four years of undergraduate schooling at a university, four years of medical college, one year of internship and three or four years of residency at an accredited hospital. Salaries paid students for internships and residencies are not very high. The hours are long and hard. Most medical students have to borrow $40,000 to $60,000 for medical school. Many students probably have to obtain loans for undergrad-uate training as well.In addition, physicians must continue their education to keep current on medical advances. If the physician becomes board certified there are very vigorous written and oral examinations. This requires many hours of study.

Physicians are without a doubt the most professionally trained in the world.

Finally, my cardiologist's charge for his visit was $45. I paid $50 for the plumber's visit.

Lee B. Stenquist

Sandy