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Is it fair that hockey players get paid more them paramedics

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Started: 4/8/2016 Category: News
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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the_questioner123

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I think it is not fair that hockey players get paid more then paramedics because a hockey player may get hit with a puck or get hit in the face with a stick and they maybe off ice for a while or have a life changing accident but in the end of it all it is the paramedic that helps the injured and Imagen the shock or pictures or the screaming of a child that is in pain or who helps bring new life into the world that a paramedic will go through in there life.
BlindBeliever

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The relative risk a hockey player puts their body through (especially if we are talking ice hockey) is immense, there have been earth shattering injuries in that sport but I won't go into that too much. High risk, high reward is the first point nonetheless.

Now onto the actual concept of a contract and promised time working. A paramedic is usually hired on a weekly basis. This means they work during a week a number of hours and as long as it's enough to nto get fired they get a steady job and can quit as and when they please (sooner means worse reference). On the other hand, a hockey player doesn't have the option to leave when they want, they are not paid per week, they are paid in advance and 'owned' by a team manager for an agreed amount of time. Commonly contracts are extended if the player wishes to stay on the team beyond that time (usually 2-4 years per contract). They legally cannot refuse to work for the team as it will be considered fraud since they signed the contract. So on to pof being higher risk, the job entails higher power of the employer over the employee over a set period of time. The employee has no legal capacity to leave the team due to anything short of severe physical injury which very often must be work-related only or consequently part of the paid settlement must be returned to the manager.

Hockey players have a shorter 'lifespan' in the working world than paramedics. A paramedic can work their way up the food chain to own their own clinic if they try hard enough. At 60 they are raking in the big numbers while at 31, the hockey player was already struggling to find a steady income. The high pay actually is fair as they have to save and wisely invest it for the later years of their life where their body can't play hockey very well and unless they were a super famous one, advertizing companies won't give them a substantial income for long.
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Posted by clementine1030 1 year ago
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in able to pay a paramedic as much as a hockey player though, prices for medical procedures would have to raise by a huge amount to be able to pay them. And that would restrict access to medical care to only wealthy and rich people who could afford a million dollar operation.
Posted by WhineyMagiciann5 1 year ago
WhineyMagiciann5
@Blindbeliever the more important point that should decide how they contribute to society. the risk reward thing makes sense at times, yet it also works against you. by using your risk reward system, then how come most athletes get paid more than soliders even though they put their lives on the line???
the system you present in inherently flawed in this respect. the system that would make more sense would have pay be based on how they contribute to society.
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