It’s a question that pops up a lot, especially as the country gears up for the midterm elections next year.
But doctors have been under pressure to pay more, especially for more procedures, due to the growing shortage of patients.
A new study from University of California San Francisco researchers finds that physicians are paying a lot more for the same procedure than they were just a few years ago.
The average surgical associate salary was about $69,000 last year, up from $61,000 a decade ago.
But the average surgical resident salary last year was $86,000, up 20% from a decade earlier.
What’s going on?
The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, tracked the salaries of nearly 1,300 surgical residents in 10 U.S. states.
They found that the average salary for a surgical resident was $89,000 in 2016, while the average annual salary was $91,000.
But there was a stark difference when it came to surgical associates.
In 2014, the average associate salary for the surgery group was about 70% higher than the average surgery salary.
In 2015, that ratio was about 60%.
In 2016, the surgery associate salary rose more than 25%, but the surgical resident compensation remained flat.
It was a different story for surgical assistants.
In 2016 there was an increase in the salary for surgical assistant salaries, but the surgery assistant salary fell by about 30%.
It was an even bigger change when it comes to dental assistants, which increased by an additional 20% in the same period.
The researchers didn’t find a clear explanation for why surgical residents and surgical assistants are paying more, or if they have gotten better at working within the salary gap.
But they believe it’s partly due to more surgeries being performed in areas where there is less competition from other hospitals, and more physicians and nurses caring for patients.
The study is the latest in a string of reports to come out since the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, took effect in 2013.
The Affordable Care the law changed how doctors and other healthcare professionals were paid, allowing them to use their employer-sponsored health insurance instead of traditional Medicare and Medicaid.
The law has helped pay for an array of preventive services and other medical treatments, from cancer screenings to heart surgery.
It also gave more people access to insurance, including tax credits and subsidies for individuals to buy private insurance.
The new law also expanded Medicaid coverage, allowing people to stay in the health insurance marketplace if they earn up to 133% of the federal poverty level, which is about $47,200 for a family of four.
Health care costs are expected to continue rising under the Affordable Health Care Act and the U.N. estimates that the cost of health care in the U,S.
will grow to about $1.4 trillion by 2024.
A growing shortage for patients The study found that in the five years ending in 2016 the average amount of care per surgeon was about 8,000 hours, or about 14.5% of total surgical work.
The remaining 15% of surgeries were performed by specialists, such as radiologists, internal medicine specialists and oncologists.
The total amount of time spent on the surgical team was about 17% of overall work.
A big difference Between 2007 and 2016, surgeons performed about 3,300,000 surgeries.
In that same period, the number of surgeries decreased by 3,100,000 and the number and cost of procedures rose by 7,100.
That could mean that surgeons are being forced to pay out less in wages to compensate for the decrease in work, the researchers said.
“It is unclear how the decrease may affect surgeons’ ability to meet their patient care obligations, which may impact their ability to maintain a level of profitability,” they wrote.
They also said that because of the rising number of procedures and surgeries performed in a given year, the surgeons’ compensation has been on the rise, which has led to lower compensation for other surgical professionals.
The American Medical Association has taken steps to address the problem.
In December, the group issued a policy statement that it hoped would help doctors to balance patient care with their responsibilities.
The statement noted that while some surgeons were taking on more patient care, they were still performing about 8% of all surgical procedures and 9% of their total work, according to the most recent data available from the AMA.
The AMA said it is working with Congress to help address the issue of pay disparities in the medical profession.
In a statement to NBC News, the AMA said that the AMA has “strong interest in ensuring that surgeons have sufficient pay for their work and to ensure that surgeons receive appropriate compensation for their specialized work.”
What does this mean for you?
In order to earn more money as a surgeon, you might need to look for another job.
But you might also want to consider your options.
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