- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014
So this is the deal, my future Fiance is a doctor and I am currently in med school. We both came to Costa Rica to study since we couldn’t afford med school in the States and didn’t want to get seriously into debt, its ridiculous how expensive college is there! But we always knew we wanted to eventually do our residency and live in the US.
A family friend who lives in Ohio and is an accountants spoke to my father about the economic situation in the States, the changes with Obamacare, malpractice insurance and taxes in general and actually recommended that we not go!!! I decided to get a second opinion and emailed a variety of my fathers friends who are doctors, accountants, nurses etc to see what they thought about the current situation and where it might be headed.
I’ve had mixed answers and however most of them seem to concur in one thing, private practices are declining and the work hours are long. I always knew the work hours were going to be long, but thought it varied by specialty and always hoped to have my own practice (want to be a perinatologist). However future Fiance wants to be a pediatric surgeon and as a surgeon his work week is going to be looong. I know that during residency it will average 80 hrs but I’m talking afterwards. I niw realize my dreams were naïve but my priorities are having a family and I wanted the sit down dinners and heloing the kids with homework and what not and now I don’t know if that is possible being a physician in the States.
So I guess my questions are these:
After all is said and done, what percentage of your yearly income gets put into the bank? (Once taxes and mal practice is taken out)
Do you wish you or your FI/husband/family member had more time with family?
How does your quality of life compare to others who don’t work in the healthcare field?
Is it still a good choice or should I consider other countries?
Did you ever feel like family was second on the priority list?
My future Fiance says it is just culture shock, that work weeks are that long in the US normally and thats just the way it is (he grew up there, I grew up here but we’re both American). And it might be, for reference doctors here work 48 hour work weeks on average, most work less, private practices are HUGE and even though they are paid less, about half (150-200k for surgeons in private) taxes here are only like 13% total (income,property etc). Of course there are disadvantages too, certain items are more expensive and we don’t have Walmarts or Targets but I really don’t know what to do or think.