Numbers in the news

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$135,000

Median amount of debt with which the average student attending private medical school graduates.

$1,761

Monthly payment on a debt of $150,000 at the end of a medical student’s residency at an interest rate of 2.8 percent.

80

The average hours a resident works in a week.

$186,00

Average annual wage of a general practitioner

21%

The percentage of the U.S. Federal budget spent on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2010.

11.9 %

The percentage of the Canadian gross domestic product (GDP) spent on healthcare in 2010.

78 million

The number of people expected to be on Medicare in 2030.

2%

The percentage of the U.S. Federal budget spent on scientific and medical research in 2010.

Sources:   Forbes Magazine, The New England Journal of Medicine, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, The Kaiser Family Foundation, The NY Times, The Canadian Institute for Health Information