Obviously, the profession of medicine is to be respected. But one can respect a professional but not necessarily each professional. All the time, people say stuff like "doctors heal people, IBankers make rich people richer, lawyers lie and sue," etc. I've seen a bunch of articles about bankers and lawyers who became doctors every now and again. Of course, the kids I knew who went to med school little after college claim "I don't care about the money." "Yea I like to neuro or pediatrics" (pediatrics make the least money of the subspecialties, no medicare to bill and no fancy procedures).
People can say anything. I'm gonna do MSF, and at times, yea I get buyers remorse about the fact the rest of my life is likely to help rich people get richer so I can get richer. Part of me does think "wouldn't it be nice to directly help people (not indirectly BC some company merged and provided more efficient pricing blah blah)" and also about the steady salary without worrying about routine layoffs, BC I know in finance job security isn't what it is in medicine. Now I don't have the quant and chem/physics chops to go to med school. And yea doctors get mad respect, and can pick up honeys easier than most GS analysts at Pacha. But I admit I'm in finance for the money. Do most med students chose medicine for the healing people stuff, or more for the secure and high income, work/life balance (once practicing) compared to bankers/biglaw, and respect, with the trade off being the possibility of not getting matched to the preferred residency or getting into an American med school, as well as the debt (assuming their parents aren't paying) and the years it takes to practice (med school, residency, fellowship=~10 yrs)? How about if their parents are paying? Lotta rich kids in medicine.
Obviously the grass is always greener on the other side but since we love money here and will admit it, why not get some insights. Like yea one could say "if I wanted to make a lotta money I'd have gone to Wall Street," and doctors are smart enough that if they're from a target they could easily get in, but they do have a point about job stability and work/life balance.