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.
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.
|Chief of Surgery
|Clinical Molecular Geneticist
|Dental Laboratory Technician
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
|Director of Medical Staff Services
|General Medical Practitioner
|Health Compliance Director
|Health Information Manager
|Health Services Manager
|Health Systems Specialist
|Health Unit Coordinator
|Healthcare Data Analyst
|Hearing Aid Specialist
|ICU Registered Nurse
|Medical Billing Clerk
|Medical Billing Specialist
|Medical Records Coding Manager
|Medical Records Director
|Medical Records Transcriptionist
|Medical Staff Services Specialist
|Mental Health Aide
|Mental Health Nurse
|Mental Health Technician
|Mental Health Therapist
|Mental Health Worker
|Nursing Services Instructor
|Patient Services Director
|Personal Support Worker
|Physical Therapy Aide
|Physical Therapy Assistant
|Physical Therapy Director
|Pre Authorization Case Manager
|Preventive Medicine Physician
|Surgeon – Burn
|Surgeon – Cardiothoracic
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.
- Medical practice License.
- The person must have been certified by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council.
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.