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Surgeon Unemployment Rate Reaches 75%; Million-dollar Medical Degrees ‘Not Worth Paper They’re Printed On”
Medical unemployment has hit a staggering 75% as the digital healthtech revolution continues to decimate jobs in what used to be the growth industry of the future.
“I spent ten years and over a million dollars of money I didn’t have to become a surgeon,” 35-year-old Jennifer Groves told me yesterday. “And now I’m begging for bitcoin on the street.”
Medical employment topped out at about 15% of the entire economy in 2025, according to Kaiser Family Foundation statistics. Spending reached almost $4 trillion dollars, says the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an astonishing 21% of all dollars spent in the entire economy.
Today, that percentage is down to just 10%.
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