(Original post by graemematt)
I know this wasn't directed at me but I'm another medic in my last year of med school. I wouldn't call it frustration, I'd call it realism. The following "hurdles" (if you want to call them that) in terms of finance for prospective/current doctors are as follows:
1) Medical school. You'll be there for an absolute minimum of 4 years, most commonly between 5-7. Given that the average degree takes 3 years, there's already the problem of higher tuition fees. Then of course you've got to have many books (I'd argue more so than most other subjects given the width of knowledge required), equipment (another £50 for a stethoscope and other random things) and living expenses for being a long-term student.
2) Admin fees. Even before you qualify, you've got to pay medicolegal fees, register with the General Medical Council, and pay fees for post-graduate exams (ranging between £300-£800+ per exam!).
3) Transport fees. Unlike in most careers, in which you relocate to a particular job as your base and work there, medicine can involve you changing your base hospital as often as 6 months (or 4 months in extreme cases). In some parts of the country, this can take you up to 200 miles away from your previous place of employment (e.g. in the North West you could be relocated from Manchester to Barrow-in-Furness at short notice) and thus travel can become extortionate! (Or, of course, you relocate, thus accruing fees for accommodation)
There are many others too...however don't get me wrong, medicine is a relatively lucrative career. As people have said though, don't go into it for the money. Yes you'll earn a decent salary, but until you're a consultant you'll have very little time to actually enjoy it. And depending on what you specialise in, even some consultants are too busy to enjoy a rich lifestyle!
(On that note, might I recommend dermatology for the OP? No on-calls, private work a-plenty...