The opioid crisis has made the U.S. the world’s leading producer of painkillers and the second-largest market for opioid pills.
A national survey conducted by Bloomberg shows that, for the first time, doctors and other health professionals are not being paid enough to treat opioid addiction.
The survey of nearly 300,000 U.K.-based physicians found that doctors are getting only 13 percent of their annual compensation for treating opioid pain.
In the United States, the average annual pay for a general physician is $174,939, while a physician who works full-time with an opioid-related illness receives only $73,849.
A new survey from Avalere Health, which is owned by a pharmaceutical company, found that more than half of U.s. physicians working with opioid-dependent patients do not receive enough compensation for their work.
The Avalere survey of more than 1,200 physicians found many doctors do not have enough money for medications and other care.
The U.N. says more than 9 million people worldwide are living with pain and related conditions and more than 4 million die from it every year.
But the U!
health care system is failing to adequately address the epidemic, the survey found.
And in the latest health care crisis to hit the United Kingdom, it found that many people still don’t receive enough care from their doctors and hospitals.
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