Doctors’ Salary in Ghana: See What They Earn (2022)

Medical doctors are one of the most important set of people in the country why? Because healthcare is part of the basic human rights of humans. This was stated by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948.

Doctors being the leading experts in healthcare cannot be ignored in the planning of a country. In this post, we will be talking about the salary of doctors in Ghana.

Doctors’ Salary in Ghana

How much do doctors earn in Ghana?

There have been arguments on the salary scheme of medical practitioners in Ghana. This is made evident by the incessant strikes by doctors over the years. Most people think that doctors all over the world get well paid.

The case is different in Ghana because doctors are on the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS) like other institutions in Ghana. Senior doctors earn about GHC 3600 while specialist doctors earn about GHC 5000 monthly which’s before tax deduction.

Apart from their monthly salaries, there are other allowances. Here is a breakdown of their allowances:

  • Accommodation allowance – 40% of the basic salary
  • On-call duty facilitation allowance – 20% of the basic salary
  • Clothing allowance – 30% of the basic salary
  • Book allowance – 30% of the basic salary
  • Utility allowance – 20% of the basic salary
  • Professional allowance – 50% of the basic salary
  • Special risk allowance – 30% of the basic salary
  • Vehicle maintenance -20% of basic salary

Here is an overview of the other jobs related to the medical field in Ghana.

Job Title Average Salary

 

Chief of Surgery 20,593 GHS
Clinical Microbiologist 5,032 GHS
Clinical Molecular Geneticist 5,798 GHS
Clinical Neuropsychologist 5,790 GHS
Dental Assistant 3,256 GHS
Dental Hygienist 3,315 GHS
Dental Laboratory Technician 3,464 GHS
Dental Receptionist 3,546 GHS
Dental Technician 3,312 GHS
Dental Therapist 5,995 GHS
Dentist 11,780 GHS
Dermatologist 17,838 GHS
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 5,015 GHS
Dietetic Technician 3,477 GHS
Dietitian 11,248 GHS
Director of Medical Staff Services 7,075 GHS
Discharge Coordinator 3,860 GHS
Dispensing Optician 4,333 GHS
District Nurse 3,867 GHS
Doctor 11,719 GHS
Dosimetrist 6,446 GHS
General Medical Practitioner 9,209 GHS
Genetic Counselor 7,854 GHS
Head Nurse 4,408 GHS
Health Compliance Director 6,490 GHS
Health Economist 5,610 GHS
Health Information Manager 5,828 GHS
Health Services Manager 6,864 GHS
Health Systems Specialist 5,012 GHS
Health Technologist 5,228 GHS
Health Unit Coordinator 3,343 GHS
Healthcare Assistant 3,757 GHS
Healthcare Consultant 5,413 GHS
Healthcare Data Analyst 5,416 GHS
Hearing Aid Specialist 5,124 GHS
Home Nurse 3,713 GHS
ICU Registered Nurse 3,872 GHS
Immunologist 8,919 GHS
Intake Coordinator 3,786 GHS
Internist 15,044 GHS
Medical Administrator 4,178 GHS
Medical Assistant 3,447 GHS
Medical Biller 3,116 GHS
Medical Billing Clerk 3,262 GHS
Medical Billing Specialist 4,001 GHS
Medical Coder 3,510 GHS
Medical Courier 2,697 GHS
Medical Director 10,919 GHS
Medical Records Coding Manager 5,406 GHS
Medical Records Director 5,929 GHS
Medical Records Transcriptionist 3,069 GHS
Medical Scribe 3,801 GHS
Medical Secretary 2,895 GHS
Medical Staff Services Specialist 4,513 GHS
Medical Technologist 3,943 GHS
Medication Aide 3,622 GHS
Mental Health Aide 3,739 GHS
Mental Health Nurse 3,647 GHS
Mental Health Technician 3,708 GHS
Mental Health Therapist 8,288 GHS
Mental Health Worker 3,718 GHS
Mobile Phlebotomist 3,603 GHS
MRI Technologist 3,945 GHS
Nurse 3,760 GHS
Nurse Educator 4,397 GHS
Nurse Midwife 4,394 GHS
Nurse Practitioner 4,069 GHS
Nursing Assistant 3,562 GHS
Nursing Coordinator 4,175 GHS
Nursing Director 5,608 GHS
Nursing Services Instructor 4,262 GHS
Nursing Supervisor 4,416 GHS
Patient Services Director 7,144 GHS
Patient Sitter 2,899 GHS
Pediatrician 12,081 GHS
Perfusionist 12,303 GHS
Periodontist 14,033 GHS
Perioperative Aide 3,999 GHS
Personal Support Worker 2,954 GHS
Phlebotomist 8,266 GHS
Physical Therapist 7,633 GHS
Physical Therapy Aide 3,164 GHS
Physical Therapy Assistant 3,106 GHS
Physical Therapy Director 9,556 GHS
Physician 12,717 GHS
Physician Assistant 7,759 GHS
Physiotherapist 8,496 GHS
Podiatrist 9,081 GHS
Practice Manager 5,944 GHS
Pre Authorization Case Manager 4,922 GHS
Preventive Medicine Physician 11,317 GHS
Surgeon 15,957 GHS
Surgeon – Burn 15,056 GHS
Surgeon – Cardiothoracic 20,340 GHS

Who is a doctor

In simple terms, a doctor/physician is a person that provides medical treatment to people. They can be found in hospitals, clinics, and healthcare centers.

How to become a doctor in Ghana?

The journey to becoming a medical doctor starts from senior secondary school. Those with an aspiration of becoming a medical doctor have to be in the science class. This leads you to study medicine at university if you fall into this category.

You have at least credits in the core subjects relating to life sciences. These include mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. With these, you are able to apply for medical studies at any university in Ghana.

There is one more step. You must also pass their entrance exams exceptionally well to gain admission. This is because of the increase in candidates applying for entry into the field.

You undergo 6 years of rigorous training in the university before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine. After this, you enroll for residency training and complete a period of houseman-ship and district rotation. This is for a year and is part of the criteria stated by the Ministry of Health to practice medicine.

The final step to becoming a doctor is obtaining a license from the Ministry of Health. Those who studied medicine outside Ghana will have to take special exams to be granted the license to practice medicine.

 Responsibilities of a doctor in Ghana

  • Doctors in Ghana are responsible for the correct prescription of drugs to patients.
  • Enlighten patients on the risks, advantages, and disadvantages of treatment and operations prior to the time of the treatment.
  • Doctors in Ghana do follow-up check-ups on patients after treatment.
  • Doctors swore an oath to patient confidentiality.

Requirements of a doctor in Ghana

  • Bachelor in medicine and surgery.
  • Residency training.
  • Houseman-ship.
  • Medical practice License.
  • The person must have been certified by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council.

Conclusion

Due to the poor salary scheme, there has been a hike in the number of medical practitioners leaving the country. We have provided you information on how much doctors in Ghana earn and how to become one.

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