One of the issues that I have when people assert that United States physician compensation is much higher than other countries is that they make terribly naive comparison. They compare, say, PPP-adjusted incomes to PPP-adjusted incomes in other countries without accounting for the fact that the “average” person in this country has a much higher PPP-adjusted income by most measures. Likewise, they’ll compare physician income to “average income” or “average wage” ratios without comparing it to the more relevant labor pool in each country, i.e., at least college graduates (or better). example
Average Physician Gross Income to Average College Grad Gross Income [apples-to-apples]
Note: In both cases, “gross” is pre-tax income, including social security/payroll contributions.