Most kids say they want to be a doctor when they grow up. Also, most parents want their children to grow up to be doctors and make a lot of money. So, why do we think so highly of doctors?

Doctors have a huge amount of social power,political power, and prestige. We trust doctors with our lives and hope that they will cure us with whatever may be wrong with us at a given time. One reason doctors have so much social prestige is their individualized objectivity, which gives them a certain power in their relationships with clients. Doctors sometimes have to get very personal with a patient depending on what their field (I’ll let you use your imagine on those). Not everyone would want to perform these exams, but it has to be done in order to make patients healthy.

In the video we watched in class, “Frontline: Sick Around the World”, it really amazed me to see how little doctors were paid. I was also amazed to see how cheap their healthcare was. It said that in Japan the prices aren’t really high enough to keep the hospitals running. This was very shocking to me that doctors weren’t paid very much compared to the doctors in the U.S. It seemed to me that they don’t care how much doctors are paid for what they are doing. Though the doctors themselves seemed to want more money and I would to if I was doing the work that they are. Especially if i was a doctor in Japan where the people can go to any specialist at any time without an appointment. If I wasa doctor that would be very stressful to me and very discouraging as a career for all the hard school work and not getting paid a lot.

I believe it comes down to what you value most and in the other countries it seems that they value having cheaper healthcare for everyone. and this cuts down on doctor’s pay


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