« on: December 29, 2007, 12:16:07 PM »
BTW, in your post about lawyers going into the profession for the cash you write:
"Probably "I want to be a lawyer."
Not everyone is in it only for the money."
Then you claim that our entire medical infrastructure will crumble if doctors in this country make only as much as they do in Canada or England (which, btw, is like 20x the average salary for a family of four in those countries).
So, would you have it that prospective lawyers are altruists and prospective doctors are money-grubbing opportunists?
That's a pretty unconventional viewpoint. Kind of a 180, really.
Don't be silly.
No one is 'altruistic'.
What I am saying is much different.
Especially for doctors.
The best doctors can make lots of cash - just like lawyers.
The difference is that while the world can do without more lawyers, we will always need more doctors.
So what is the motivation?
I want to be a lawyer - one benefit is a decent salary. It isn't my main motivation, but it is part of plan that one day, I will earn seriously good money.
If I wanted to be a doctor, but I knew that my salary was capped and dependent only on tenure, I might not be so inclined to work as hard at a career in medicine.
It's not about altruism so much as reality.
If every lawyer was guaranteed to earn $40k first year and get 7% raises every year with a cap of $100k, the draw to the law would be limited. That's basically what happens in the other government run jobs like teachers or cops.
Why think nationalized healthcare would be any different?
What's next, nationalized legal defense? Oh wait - just talk to all those happy souls who work for the public defenders office.
I'm not sure things would be any different.