Two doctors carry their bags.
Doctors receive each year an average of a bonus of 11,200 euros as income for the additional activities they perform outside of their normal work. A study conducted by Medscape has placed figures in this moonlight trend in which 24 percent of physicians who provide their services in the National Health System (NHS).
However, this additional income has seen a significant decline compared to pre-pandemic levels. Before the outbreak of Covid-19 infections, doctors received up to 13,400 euros per head at the end of the year. The arrival of the coronavirus on the scene led to an increase in bonuses sank 16 percent. The numbers are also far from their expectations, which they happen to reach 14,800 euros extra in each exercise.
The study also found a notable gender gap in these job bonuses. Doctors get paid up to double every year for this type of activity than their female colleagues, despite the fact that it is a profession with a high degree of feminization in its ranks.
Purpose of additional activities of doctors in Spain. Medscape.
Most of the moonlighters also correspond to other services of health character such as shifts, security or consultations in medical centers, which account for 35% of additional activities. He watches closely presentations and conferences representing 33 percent or distance learning in science or medicine with 27 percent.
At the same time, there is also a large group of doctors who devote extra time to work medical consultations (21 percent), expertise (11 percent), healthcare company (10 percent) or telemedicine (8 percent). While the works of training lessons (4 percent), podcasting (3 percent), development of medical devices (3 percent), medical work from Spa (2 percent), councilor in media (2 percent), covid vaccination (2 percent) or therapy mental health (1 percent).
Additional activities represent an additional burden for 34 monthly working hours, although physicians have not established major economic advantages. 80 percent think they don’t make much money, while 82 percent warn that extra jobs they do not constitute any tax relief.
The abandonment of the labor of the Spanish physicians
Besides moonlighting, the study also revealed some key data about potential abandoning the medical profession. to a 11 percent of the participants warned that they were considering leaving the activity to pursue another profession outside of medicine. The main motivation is the fatigue this affects one in three doctors who hesitate.
Apart from this reason, 16 percent of those who plan to quit their jobs would do so earn more moneyare considered 12 percent exhausted by the Covid-19 pandemic and 9 percent aim to work fewer hours. In addition, there is also a small percentage who admit that “being a doctor is not what they expected” (4 percent), while some have directly lost interest in the profession (3 percent).
If they finally drop, the main destination will be teaching, which attracted 39 percent of undecideds. The business sector (26 percent), writing (18 percent), hospital management (13 percent), pharmaceutical laboratory (12 percent), technology (12 percent) or law (5 percent) are other fetish sectors.
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