Working abroad, especially in the medical field has many benefits. Improving your professional skills, renewing your passion for medicine, developing your personality, language and social skills are one of the many reasons that people decide to make a move.
However, most young doctors and interns are looking for a job purely because of the financial benefits. Earning a decent salary certainly makes a good life and is the thing that people strive to achieve. Medicine is a tough one to study, so it is only fair that all the doctors get compensated for their hardships. But how much do they actually earn in what is believed to be highest paying country? Let’s take a trip to the ever-beautiful Denmark.
GPs are highly appreciated
For anyone that’s looking for a job as a GP and gets frustrated by the fact that specialists make more money, Denmark has some good news for you. Average yearly salary for GPs is $109 000, while specialists make “only” $91 000. That concludes to around $7500 per month, before the taxation. It is a lot. But why do doctors earn so much there? As Paragona wrote: Denmark sees doctors as people who actually impact their daily lives. They take care of the health, obviously, and risk their own lives doing so.
Why shouldn’t they be paid more! It has to be said, however, that living in Denmark is not as cheap as it may seem.
Doctors earn a lot, but they also pay a lot to sustain a good lifestyle. They are able to afford houses and feed their families, but they also need to work long hours and be on call when they’re supposed to. Denmark has their working hours regulated even for doctors, so it’s not as messy as in other European countries, but it’s still quite flexible. Not everything is an advantage then.
Nurses are not treated worse
Being a nurse is in many countries seen as an inferior job. Not in Denmark, though! Nurses are highly qualified staff that is there to help the patients in need and take care of them day and night. This should mean that they get paid good money.
And in Denmark, they are. About $3300 per month to be exact. This is far less than specialists and GPs, but not so little that they can’t make a good life.
There is obviously extra money involved whenever night shifts, weekends and extra hours pop up. And the salary is raised every year. Is it worth to work as a doctor or a nurse in Denmark then? Of course it is.