A new study shows that doctors who are paid more can make their patients happier and healthier.
The study looked at nearly 3,500 doctors and found that those who were paid $100,000 or more in salary earned a happier patient and lower rates of depression, chronic pain, and anxiety.
In the first study, researchers examined doctors’ satisfaction with their work and the quality of their care.
Researchers found that salary increased the likelihood that doctors rated their patients as “very well-liked,” “very satisfied,” “satisfied,” “happy,” and “sad.”
“We found that the people who were higher in salary tended to be rated by their patients and colleagues as being very well-likeable,” said lead researcher and associate professor of clinical medicine and public health at the University of Washington, Dr. Robert H. Dyson.
“These results suggest that salary could be an effective way of boosting patients’ satisfaction, helping them to feel like they are appreciated and having a positive effect on the quality and effectiveness of their health care.”
The researchers also found that high-salaried physicians rated their work as being more accurate, more thorough, and effective.
They were also more likely to recommend their patients for the best health care.
“In this study, we found that people who earn more are happier, healthier, and better at helping their patients feel like their health is being cared for,” Dyson said.
Study findings are published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.