Reality Check

THE AMA SAYS physicians don't make that much money after all. To prove it, the trade group is changing its math: In 1995, it will include the salaries of 86,468 medical residents when figuring the average doctor's salary. Residents earn $20,000 to $30,000 a year, so that should lower the average physician's $177,000 salary considerably. Above the resident level, there are 564,000 doctors. The American Medical Assn. says critics ignore years of low-paid training.

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