But even this sad story is relative. Compared to Chinese physicians, US physicians have it great.
o 82% of Chinese physicians said they were burned out compared to 42% of American physicians
o 87% of Chinese physicians said they have either minimal or no savings compared to 43% of American physicians
o Some reports show that Chinese physicians make between 3,500 to 10,000 yuan ($560 to $1600) a month
o 64% of Chinese physicians reported getting less than 1 week of vacation a year compared to 5% of US physicians
Like US primary care physicians, Chinese physicians ranked "difficult patients" high on their list of burnout causes. Negative media coverage of hospitals and physicians is in prevalent in China; so is the belief that doctors are corrupted by pharmaceutical kickbacks.
The comparison doesn’t imply US primary care physicians should consider themselves lucky. But, a little perspective might help make the burden easier to bear, at least for a minute.