$20 dollars per day (P863) is the advertised pay for general practitioners for the provincial government of Samar located in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. Specialists, such as OB-GYNe, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgeons will be offered a whopping P1,090 a day (25.37 USD.) And no, I am not making this up. This information is directly taken from the classified ads of The Philippine STAR, April 20, 2011 edition. The average daily wage of a SM Department Store employee in Iloilo, located in Western Visayas, is P265 (6.16 USD) so it looks like the salary the doctors are being offered is pretty good in comparison. (Photo from Flickr) However, the pot is sweetened considerably because along with big bucks, the doctors will also receive free housing and laundry privileges. Now that does make it a more attractive offer, plus the doctors are allowed to have a private practice during off-duty hours. That 20 bucks a day is looking better. According to the website healthcaresalayroneline.com, the average pediatrician salary in the United States is $77.60 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $40.79 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $80.00 per hour. On an annual basis the average wage is $161,410. The lowest 10% earn $84,840 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $160,000 per year. Quite a huge difference from their Filipino counterparts.
So if you're a physician in the Philippines looking for a job, there are some openings at the Provincial Hospital of Samar. Free housing and laundry privileges included.