- In Mexico there is an average of 2.4 doctors for every thousand inhabitants.
- The average salary of a doctor in Mexico is lower than that of his colleagues in other Latin American countries.
- In 2021, an investigation by The Lancet cataloged Mexico as the country with the most health professionals killed by Covid-19.
Being able to care for a patient and help in their recovery is an invaluable aspect that other professions do not offer. In addition, being an example to follow and being well valued by society is something that only doctors can boast of. But behind all the good things there are also other items that are not entirely favorable. In fact there are several negative aspects of being a doctor in Mexico and you are likely to identify with some.
Given the current scenario, in salutary we recounted some of the multiple risks to which all doctors in our country are exposed. It is very important to know each one to prevent any of them from happening. Although at first they can only affect emotionally, sometimes they can even lead to deadly consequences.
wages too low
One of the requirements to be a doctor is to have a vocation for service, although this should not be confused with thinking that the job should be given away. Therefore, one of the negative aspects of being a doctor in Mexico is that most receive a payment too low compared to the importance of its activity. It cannot be generalized because there are exceptions that do obtain an attractive salary, but there are many others that do not.
Suffering aggression from patients
A profession like that of the doctor, which is dedicated to saving lives, should be one of the most respected and valued by others. Although for the majority of the population it is like that, not everyone thinks the same. The clearest sample can be seen in the constant verbal and physical attacks to which the doctors are subjected.
The most unfortunate thing is that many of the complaints are not even for care but for issues in which the doctor has no responsibility. Specifically, the delay in going to the office due to the high number of patients is one of the most common.
Increased risk of infections
Due to the activities of the doctor in his direct care to patients, he has a high risk of infections. This aspect is currently clearly observed due to the high percentage of health professionals who have been infected with Covid-19.
In addition, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not the only one that represents a threat because there are also others just as dangerous, such as HIV and hepatitis B. Maximum care must always be taken within the hospital to avoid any type of mistake.
living with constant stress
Health professionals, from the formative stage, suffer from constant pressure. First by their teachers and already in the workplace by their superiors and patients. Everyone demands the doctor and in the end that leads to having to live with constant stress.
Predisposition to Burnout Syndrome
As a point related to the previous aspect, Medicine is the profession with the highest rate of people with Burnout syndrome in the world. Faced with the pressure and the complexity of the activities, a large part of the doctors suffer from mental exhaustion, which in the first instance affects their own integrity. And as a consequence, by not feeling well, they also have a greater risk of making mistakes and offering poor service to patients.
High suicide rate
Although the main activity of doctors is to take care of the health of others, sometimes they forget about themselves. In the United States alone, the suicide rate in health personnel is between 28 and 40 per 100,000. While in the general population it is 14 per 100 thousand. This shows that the risk is twice as high.