CNN says 50% of drs would quit if they could

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by Leaknits, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Leaknits

    Leaknits New Member

    Hi,

    Well there I was at CNN Online, looking for archives about Sen O/Prez-elect Obama's Youth Corps, among other things.

    Got sidetracked by the results of surveyed drs who, as I put in Subject, would close their doors today if they could.

    Here's a place to read reactions: http://www.medrants.com/index.php/archives/3933#comment-521408

    If the story doesn't tick you off you might want to check your pulse.

    Lea.
  2. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    When you start reading the salaries of some of the specialists, you'll faint--$1 million per year? With that, maybe socialized medicine is long overdue.

    They didn't address HMO's and the bonuses they pay their primary care doctors to keep the care of patients with them, and not refer out to specialists too much--I'm running into that now with me and with Lupus I need a referral to a rheumatologist and the HMO primary care won't do it until I start to get actual internal damage. That's why you get a rheumatologist to avoid that. So I have to continue with this primary care doctor and requesting a referral to a rheumy.
  3. jinlee

    jinlee Member

    I watched the newscast about this.

    I do believe I have gone to all the 50% of the docs who didn't want to be docs! They sure want the money though!

    That is so sad that the old country doctor days are long gone.

    Jan.
  4. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    I saw Dr. Sanja Gupta talk about this on TV. When is enough money enough?? Because colleagues who spent far more time in school and in training for specialities get paid far more money--so the general practitioners/the family doctors/the primary care doctors--whatever they are called, are complaining they have to overbook, are working too hard and not getting enough pay. It really works that way and if you didn't have the money to stay in school longer or take more training for specialties--or didn't have the skill for specialties (let's be really truthful here)--then you don't get paid as much. That's how it works in the real world and many people in the real world are overworked, working too hard and underpaid.

    Now, slowly the family doctors are being replaced by a type of socialized medicine, which is the HMOs. The family doctors can align with various insurance carriers, but the carriers exert control over the doctor such as which medicines can be used, what the family doctor can do, when to refer to specialists and which specialists are seen, and if a pre-existing condition can totally remove all insurance coverage for that visit. So gradually the insurance carriers have been taking total control away from doctors on medical care for patients. So why aren't the doctors complaining long and loud about that, but they're complaining about their pay and long hours.