The remuneration level of doctors is, to a certain extent, related to the overall level of economic development of a country, but there are nevertheless significant variations in their remuneration compared with the average wage in each country. The structure
of remuneration for different categories of doctors also has an impact on the financial attractiveness of different medical specialties. In many countries, governments influence the level and structure of physician remuneration directly as a key employer of physicians or as a
purchaser of services, or indirectly through regulation.