American doctors and nurses think they are compensated at the current level because they have a hard job, and they deserve it. Not true! Foreign countries have plenty of doctors and nurses- who are paid at rates comparable to the rates of their countrymen. Yet, in America, people in the medical industry receive compensation on par with professional athletes.
As the link from 'burned out social worker' relates below, these nurses believe they deserve six-figure annual pay. Well, here is news: You only earn this much because of government intervention.
That is correct. The gov closed medical training facilities in the 1950s. They did this, as policeman (who often must perform work less desirable than hospital care) say, as part of a "long con". Working a long con requires patience and an excellent team. But, the government has such a team. A few people at the top make decisions. Workers at the bottom of the pyramid of authority have almost no idea why they do what they do.
Government workers also receive total compensation (pay + benefits) about double that of their private sector counterparts. They do what they are told.
So, in America, medical schools are limited to just 50 programs. So, in 60 years, the number of doctors has declined. Market forces drive up pay. For some bizarre reason, everyone else in the market then says they also should have higher pay, charge more, and so on. So, medical equipment suppliers charge more for stainless steel tools. Really, they are tooled only a little more than a butter knife, and the metal costs only a fraction more. But, they charge 100 times the price of a butter knife for a scalpel. A pillow in the hospital costs $50 (at least it did in 1976, when I had an overnight stay). Everything costs more: hotel rooms, sheet cleaning, pillows, and even pills.
Pills, by the way, are made by "scientists" who travel the world looking for groups of people who do not suffer from particle ailments. Then, they check their diets for the food which protects them from that ailment. They take the food back to their lab, refine it into a "pill" and then charge you a huge fee for it. For example, there is a village in Russia which has almost zero incidence of cancer. They learned it is because they eat peaches, crack open the pit, and eat the slender "almond" inside. The interior nut has special poison in it- the carcinogen only becomes active if it encounters a cancer cell.
People should read the Bible. In there, it plainly tells us that God gave us fruit "for the healing of the nations." In another place, "every green thing" is given for healing of ailments.
My brother-in-law is a nurse in Sweden. He attended nursing college for two years, and worked an internship throughout. He now earns just enough to live and pay his student loan payment.
In Ukraine, where my wife's family lives, people go to the doctor and pay cash directly into the hand of the doctor or dentist. Health care there is affordable.
So, what is broken here in America? Answer: government intervention which limits the number of people who can enter the profession by limiting school programs which produce doctors.