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Doctors earn 67 Swiss francs in the hour

at the end of October the Federal office for health (BAG) provided with a survey to the doctors income for large annoyance in the medical Profession. Because the study allowed the conclusion that the doctors to earn more than is commonly believed. So a medium annual income (median wage) was the result of 219'000 Swiss francs. In addition, a wage scale was presented to the neurosurgeon, with the 700'000 Swiss francs at the top and the child and youth psychiatrist with 184'000 Swiss francs at the final rank. The median wage is a matter of statistics: The half of the group has a lower income and half a higher.

The doctors connection FMH counters now in the BAG study, with a survey of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). A rank list is created, which shows how the Doctors compared to other academic occupational groups are paid. The comparison is created on the Basis of gross hourly wages. Only this allowed a meaningful image, so the FMH.

hourly and annual salary

According to the ZHAW study is the median salary of physicians 67 Swiss francs per hour. Doctors scientists in the academics ranking to fourth place, just behind the lawyers, judges, and economist. Top dentists are with an hourly wage of 73 Swiss francs. With this Stundensälar the Doctors to achieve an average annual income of gross 163'000 Swiss francs. The dentists bring it only to 162'000 Swiss francs, judges and lawyers to 159'000 Swiss francs, because they work less than the human physicians.

As in the BAG study, also those of the FMH shows a substantial wage differences between self-employed and salaried Doctors. Thus, employees earn 63 Swiss francs in the hour, the self-employed is 75 francs. Top riders are among the self-employed Physicians, those who hire in the own company. You bring it to a median income of 99 Swiss francs per hour or 255'000 Swiss francs in the year.

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Striking was in the BAG study, the discrepancy between General practitioners and specialists. The ZHAW study has no professional groups individually, distinguishes between General practitioners and specialist doctors. For a General practitioner an average year is calculated on the income of 158'000 CHF, and doctors of 192'000 Swiss francs. Specialists earn, therefore, 22 percent more than family doctors. However, this study also shows that the specialists of the outlier to the top, bring it to the annual income of 400'000 francs.

FMH President Jürg Schlup sees the ZHAW study as a contribution to the objectification of the media debate about the doctors wages. They show that Doctors have made in Switzerland "reasonable and defensible" wages . In addition, the Figures with previous surveys of the Federal office for statistics, which keeps the FMH for more meaningful than the BAG matched the study in October. The BAG-wage study convey a distorted picture, because they reckon the comparatively high effective working hours of the medical doctors is still high, and also has a strong focus on sub-groups such as neuro-surgeons or gastroenterologists lessons. Such a high income could only be from private fees and not solely from Premiums of compulsory health insurance-generated, says Schlup.

Narrow data base

the Problem of the collection, However, lies in the small number of around 700, included Doctors. The ZHAW, the Swiss labour force survey of the BFS, which is based on passenger surveys. Due to the relatively small number of the ZHAW used the wage data for the years 2014 to 2017. Schlup acknowledges that a weakness of the study was the relatively small number base. The BAG published study evaluated the AHV-liable wage from 90 percent of self-employed and employed Doctors. wages

studies of the Doctors are politically relevant, because the income of Doctors with premiums and tax money is funded. The BAG has been accused by doctors page, that it wanted to justify his study of tariff cuts.

health economist, Heinz Locher, the hourly wages of Doctors, however, considers relevant for the political discussion. The policy-relevant Size was the income of the practitioners, which they achieved for the basic insurance in force medical tariff Tarmed. And the ZHAW study give no answer.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.02.2019, 22:30 PM

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