My doctor friend recently sent me this great picture which highlighted the disparity in physician compensation as illustrated by the cars they drive:
Just to be clear, my friend is the one driving the Honda and not the BMW or Audi. I bet you could do a pretty great post comparing various physicians to various types of cars, but I digress. No doubt there’s a disparity in the cars doctors drive, but also between physician specialties as well.
The reason this picture really resonated with me is that I’ve regularly commented that doctors don’t do themselves any favors by driving super expensive, luxury cars. For the record, anyone is welcome to drive whatever car they want, but you can’t later be upset when people don’t believe you when you say that physicians don’t get paid well enough. There’s a massive disconnect when you’re able to drive such an expensive car and then claim you don’t get paid enough.
Take a look at the physician parking at your local hospital. After looking at it, it’s hard to argue that physicians aren’t getting paid enough even if it’s likely true for many specialties (starting with primary care). This picture seemed to illustrate that principle really well.