Doctor (General Practitioner)


Most Doctors who are engaged in general practice have small private clinics but usually they are associated in hospitals where they refer some of the patients from time to time for further assessment and/or treatment. Their consultation fee ranges from P300 - P500 per patient. Doctors employed in hospitals get a monthly pay between P20,000 to P35,000. In the US, the average monthly pay is between US $15,000 to $20,000.


Basic Educational Requirement

Before a candidate can be admitted to a medical school, he/she must earn a pre-med bachelors degree with credits in certain required subjects. The most common pre-medical degrees include biology, psychology, medical technology, pharmacy, nursing, and physical therapy. The M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) program is a four-year professional degree program dealing with medical theories, practices, technologies, and problem solving. The completion of the degree qualifies a candidate to take the licensure exam for medical doctors.


Cost of Education *

To be a doctor cost a fortune these days. A bachelors degree in pre-med education would cost around P40,000 to 55,000 per semester in private universities and approximately P8,000 to P13,000 in public institutions. The four-year Medicine proper professional program will definitely be more expensive. Approximately per semester, a candidate would shell out around P75,000 to 120,000 per semester in private institutions and approximately P35,000 to P45,000 in public institutions.


Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for those interested in becoming doctors are expected to be very good. Here in the Philippines, the ratio is one doctor for every 10,000 to 26,000 Filipinos. There are few doctors to cater to the needs of Filipinos due to the high cost of medical education and its lengthy training. Opportunities should be particularly high in the rural and low-income areas, however, some doctors find these areas unattractive due to less control over work hours, isolation from medical colleagues, or other reasons. Newly trained doctors face radically different choices of where and how to practice. New doctors are much less likely to enter solo practice and more likely to take salaried jobs in group medical practices, clinics, and health networks. 
Doctors may be employed in the following industries: Hotels and Restaurants, Public Adminstration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security, Education, and Health and Social Work.


Prospects for Career Advancement

Doctors in General Practice can pursue career advancement by further studying and considering various specialization in the following fields: Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychology, Surgery, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Pathology, and Dermatology among others.


Nature of Work

A Doctor (General Practitioners) provides primary and continuing medical care for patients. He/she takes account of physical, psychological and social factors when diagnosing an illness and recommends the required treatment. Patients may be referred to hospital clinics for further assessment and/or treatment. General Practitioners may run specialist clinics for patients with specific conditions. Doctors work alongside other healthcare professionals to discuss care options for patients and their families.



  • Performs surgeries;
  • Refers patients to specialist services in hospitals;
  • Promotes health education in conjunction with other health professionals; and
  • Organizes preventive medical programs for individual patients.


Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to make decisions in emergencies;
  • Responsive to questions, concerns and fears of the patient; and
  • Ability to provide emotional support for health care workers, patients and families.


Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Must have a desire to serve patients;
  • Can survive the pressures and long hours of medical education and practice;
  • Sensitive to the feelings of the patients and family members;
  • Be self-motivated;
  • Emotional stability; and
  • Must have a good bedside manner.


* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.