Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Stethoscope9 out of 10 doctors are unwilling to recommend health care as a profession.

Drug cost-sharing in the ObamaCare exchanges is 34 percent higher than in policies prior to the law.

One physical therapist billed Medicare $12 million in 2012: He treated 21 patients per hour, every working hour.

Pension and health care costs at DOD: “If we allow the current trend to continue, we’re going to turn the Department of Defense into a benefits company that occasionally kills a terrorist.”

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  1. Perry says:

    “9 out of 10 doctors are unwilling to recommend health care as a profession.”

    I don’t recommend MD. NP or PA is better.

  2. Bill B. says:

    “9 out of 10 doctors are unwilling to recommend health care as a profession.”

    There is always one holdout, whether it is trident gum or career recommendations.

  3. Emmanuel says:

    Drug cost-sharing is getting higher. Is outpatient charge going down?

  4. Anne says:

    “9 out of 10 doctors are unwilling to recommend health care as a profession.”

    Considering the existing shortage, this is extremely disturbing. I know number of states are looking into loosening of restrictions on nurse practitioners, something that strikes me as probably a good idea– although I am not an industry expert. It will be interesting to see how the landscape of care changes as the costs of becoming an MD are starting to seem like they might outweigh the benefits.

    • Perry says:

      The costs, loss of autonomy, reimbursements going down, hassles with regulations and paperwork (EHS)
      yes, competition from non-MD providers. It’s beginning to be not worth it. Oh and the Maintenance of Certification and re-taking Board exams every 10 years, when they are advancing the scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners. Yeah, why be an MD?

  5. Emmanuel says:

    “One physical therapist billed Medicare $12 million in 2012: He treated 21 patients per hour, every working hour.”
    Three minutes per patient…Not that serious diseases.

  6. Bubba says:

    9 out of 10 doctors are unwilling to recommend health care as a profession.

    Yeah, I do feel sorry for Orthopedic surgeons. They’re stuck in boring jobs that only pay $500,000 per year, on average. Most of the ones I’ve talked to think working as a $15 per hour tire changer at Sam’s Club would have been a better career choice.

    I take these senseless surveys with a grain of salt. A stockbroker sitting on a pile of cash will tell you the same thing and a CEO would as well.

    There’s something oddly prestigious to have an exclusive position and to loudly denounce how it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.