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Survey Shows Over 70 Percent of Doctors in Guangdong Would Not Want their Children to be Doctors

In 2014, the Guangdong Medical Doctor’s Association conducted a survey of its members. According to the survey 71.65 percent of the doctors who responded would not want their children to become doctors. They were also asked if, given another chance, whether they themselves would still want to be doctors. The answer for 57.52 percent of them was that, given the choice, they would not want to be a doctor again. The article said that doctors and patients in China have had intense disputes and conflicts. In addition, a doctor’s workload is very heavy. The survey results showed that more than 50 percent of the doctors had to stay late at work, 44 percent of them needed to work on weekends and holidays, and 14 percent were required to participate in various academic activities during weekends and on holidays. Moreover 65 percent of the doctors did not feel that they were compensated adequately for their efforts. The survey showed that 16.5 percent of the doctor’s received an annual salary of less than 30,000 yuan per year (US$4,830) while 22.9 percent made 30,000 to 50,000 yuan (US$4,830 to $8050) each year.

Source: Guangming Daily, June 27, 2015