Hello everyone. I am just wondering, is there anyone that you know (or perhaps even yourself) whose primary motivation for pursuing medicine is the pay. On a related note, is there anyone here who started out wanting to go for medicine for financial reasons but now has different motives? Of course financial security is important but what I mean here is that it's the PRIMARY reason. Additionally, why is it that people say going into medicine for the salary isn't worth it? I personally can't think of any other jobs that give you a relatively risk free salary as high as medicine. By "risk free" I mean lawyers, business owners, etc. can just end up not being busy enough since it's in the private sector. Compared to let's say a oncologist in a hospital, the doctor will surely have patients and will surely get a very high salary compared to the general public. Is it untrue to say that medicine has more financial stability compared to other high paying jobs?
Please note however, that this is not my motive for pursuing medicine nor is this post a troll of any kind. I just want to have an open discussion about monetary gain as it relates to medicine because it's often not discussed due to the belief that doctors are supposed to be altruistic and not discuss the monetary benefits of medicine.
Also, I am not sure if this post belongs in here or the "lounge" section. My apologies in advance if this is in the wrong place.