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    My both parents are doctors. Dad is surgeon, Mum is gynecologist. Doctors are lowest paid workers after school teachers  in Belarus .
    My parents and grandparents wanted me to be a doctor – a boy who was participating in Maths Olympiads. I studied medicine for year in Minsk state University. I could not stand seeing cadevers in labs. 

    My girl is a doctor . But her education was not recognised in Australia. Now, she’s a nurse working in Royal Adelaide Hospital.

    What is your opinion about people working in medicine? In my eyes people working in medicine are most respected.



    Medicine, as a career choice, is generally respected, especially for girls. It’s one of the standard professions which parents stereotypically want for their kids (along with lawyers or eventually engineers). Though the situation here is similar – very low wages for medical workers (and teachers, another generally respected profession), most of which run away to work abroad as soon as possible (or return back to their countries, as there are many foreign medical students here due to the lower university taxes). Actually, there are serious alarms that in a decade or two we won’t have any paramedics and only a few hospital workers (as well as the aforementioned teachers) and we’d have to import some from abroad. Of course, it probably doesn’t help that news reports regularly speak of new cases of ambulances being ambushed in Gypsy neighbourhoods or of the relatives of a (usually) Gypsy patient beating up a hospital doctor for one reason or another.



    In Serbia most of the people that finish medicine can’t find job, so they go to Germany, UAE or just about any country in need of medical workers. Medical workers are not paid in accordence to stressfulness of the job they do, but most of the hospitals (minus some private clinics) are state owned and basic medical care is still free of charge although the waiting lines are huge. I assume some of the doctors work two jobs – in those private clinics and in state owned hospitals.

    Well there is easy solution to this problem. Don’t send the ambulance cars to gypsy areas :#



    @NikeBG  Yes, I have read similar news reports that medical workers are leaving the Balkans for better pay and conditions.  This could be a big problem in the years to come, I am not sure of the solution.

    People working in medicine are very well respected I think across the globe, not just slavic countries.



    @Shaokang Yes, that option has been put forward, but then the Gypsies complain to Europe about racial discrimination and whatnot. There was also the idea to send ambulances there only when accompanied with a police patrol (not that it would certainly deter the Gypsies anyway, there are cases when they’ve attacked even the gendarmerie), but the police aren’t exactly readily available in such numbers either. In regards to the law, they equated an attack against a medical worker the same as against a police officer (i.e. a more severe punishment for the perpetrator) and most of our medics are equipped with a panic button now, but it hasn’t really turned the tide yet. :D

    Edit: This documentary’s trailer is a good illustration of the conditions our paramedics are working in (and the negative sides of the whole state, sadly).



    I doubt politicians care about whether or not they will complain



    Of course they do – they’ll have to buy their votes in the next elections. Not to mention they’d care about Brussels or Strasbourg complaining.



    So different in America. The medical profession is very prestigious, well-compensated and respected. American medical doctors are generally very wealthy, live in mansions, and drive luxury sports cars. They belong to the most exclusive country and golf clubs. 

    I could never work in a medical environment. Just having a blood test causes me great anxiety. I fainted in high school giving blood for a charity drive. :(




    Loosing talented medical professionals is a common problem in many east European countries.



    Not only medical – the brain drain is quite general. Heck, it’s actually both brain and brawn drain, given all the construction workers, strawberry pickers and just plain criminals we export as well. Though at least your countries aren’t having it quite as bad as mine (it’s the fastest disappearing country in Europe and among the top in the world, IIRC).



    Very respected. For me when I meet a talented doctor or medical personal it’s like a blessing. I think in most cultures they are regarded with high respect. And yes Slovakia has a problem also with talented doctor’s going to Germany because of such low wages in Slovakia. 



    Many ppl criticize medicine here. Not necessarily always because of practitioners themselves but generally critical of conventional medicine. For example a doctor says to someone take this drug & a person refuses to take it cuz lots of ppl don’t trust drugs. Idk what their pay is. I am angry at my doctor tbh. I was once at the doctor and i didn’t feel well i told her i drank previous night. Then she wrote in my medical file that i am an alcoholic. When i changed job i had sh**t loads of troubles because of that.



    Made me laugh a lot  :D



    In Belarus highest paying medical professionals are

    Talented and experienced surgeons specialising in any field
    Plastic surgeons
    Possibly gynecologists. Gynecologists are high in demand  – the profession in which men usually (not always) do not specialise.

    The lowest paid are ambulance doctors (in the west doctors don’t work in ambulance) and general practioners.

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