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J Med Liban. 2012 Jul-Sep;60(3):148-52.

Financial characteristics and satisfaction of physicians practicing in Lebanon: a survey study.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, State University of New York City, Buffalo, NY 14215, USA.



The objective of this study was to evaluate the financial characteristics and level of satisfaction of physicians practicing in Lebanon.


We conducted an anonymous, interviewer-administered phone survey of physicians practicing medicine in Lebanon. We conducted both descriptive and regression analyses.


Of 778 invited physicians, 546 participated in the survey (70% response rate). Their mean age was 47.4 and they were predominantly male (85.9%) and married (87.0%). Reported monthly income varied widely with 47.2% earning less than US$ 2,000, 46.3% earning between $ 2,000 and $ 6,000 and 6.3% earning more than $ 6,000. Only 14.2%, 4.1%, and 3.1% respectively reported having life insurance, disability insurance and a retirement plan. A quarter of participants reported being either somewhat unsatisfied (17.6%) or very unsatisfied (8.1%) with their medical career. A lower degree of satisfaction in professional career was independently associated with female physicians, graduation from a Western European medical school and a lower monthly income. As for the perception of own career's future, 36.7% thought there was no possibility of improvement.


About half of physicians practicing in Lebanon report earning less than US$ 2,000 per month and about a quarter are not satisfied with their professional career.

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