Doctors Needed in the Philippines. Pay Is 20 Bucks a Day

$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)Doctor in the Philippines

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.

18 thoughts on “Doctors Needed in the Philippines. Pay Is 20 Bucks a Day

  1. Interesting, isn’t it, Dave. So many people continually searching for “Jobs in the Philippines”. If only they took the time to find out how things really are here.

    Oh well, dreaming is always easier than actually ‘doing’.

    • Yep, you’re right, Dave. Had a recent Facebook friend, a young American man, asking about what kind of businesses he might be able to set up in the Philippines. I directed him to your site and Bob Martin’s website for some good advice on that topic.

  2. “The lowest 10% earn $84,840 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $160,000 per year.”

    $84,840 is low wages for a medical practitioner even in Australia. Even Registered nurses with 7 plus years experience can earn more than this, although for $161,000 does not sound too bad for a fully qualified Doc, but still low for someone in a specialist field. About 3 years ago, I remember the hospital I worked for paid a relief Psychiatrist $20,000 week. But he did not know his stuff (he was from Africa), we suspected he was not the real thing. Needless to say, his contract was terminated.

    • My website source might not have had the most updated figures, Christine, though I don’t know how the new universal health care law in America is impacting salaries in the healtcare field. Wow! 20,000 a week for a relief Psychiatrist three years ago? Guess I got into the wrong field.

    • Christine

      Registered Nurses here in the US also earn over $80,000 per year. The $84,000 is not much for a doctor, especially when you have to pay alot for malpractice insurance. Now the other doctor speciality fields pay way more than $161,000. But again malpractice insurance really hurts a private practice. Thats why physicians need to see a certain number of patients an hour to stay in business. Take care.

  3. Most Filipinos are always going for the big bucks. That’s the reason so many Filipinos like to go abroad. And Filipinos are wanted all over the world because they know English, they are hard working people (when abroad) and they are often well educated.
    The 1000+ pesos a day plus benefits is not bad, but probably not enough to stimulate them to work in their own country.

    • There is more money to be made abroad as you say, Jan. Can’t blame a trained healthcare professional for wanting to go overseas even though a P1000 a day is a good salary in the Philippines.

        • Problem is, Papa Duck, now there are too many nurses in the Philippines, and top educational officials in the Philippines are encouraging college students to pick a different field other than nursing. Seems too many schools are churning out “paper diplomas” where the graduates can’t pass the Nursing Boards in the Philippines. Some hospitals have nurses work for free just to gain nursing experience, and some hospitals here are even CHARGING nurses to work at their hospitals to gain the experience.

  4. Hi Dave: The rates might be different per practitioner, depending on their clients and their hospitals. My father’s doctor in Cebu charged $250.00 (cash in U.S. dollars) per visit in the family home by appointment. He was an an older Filipino-American physician who was educated in Michigan State University, but preferred to practice in the Philippines in his later years. He attended my father at Cebu Doctors’ Hospital, whenever my father needed hospital care. The physician came to my parents’ home to examine my father (with his medical) assistant as needed.

    In Cagayan de Oro, where my parents’ kept a country home, this physician arranged for another practitioner (a former student of the primary physician) to take care of my father. The physician in Cagayan was affiliated with the Maria Reyna Hospital. I believe that my parents’ paid the same amount per visit, whether in Cebu or Cagayan.

    • Well, Roselyn, I guess house calls are more expensive than going to the doctor’s office in the Philippines where rates range from 8-16 USD per visit. However, the doctor who attended to your father had quite a good background, and I’m sure was well worth what he charged, though it does seem expensive to me. The surgeon that rode with my wife and I on the pump boat one night from Guimaras to the hospital in Iloilo charged us $100 USD which I thought was quite expensive.

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