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Obamacare may be around, but will your doctor?

Ann Anon Wrote: Oct 19, 2012 10:11 AM
I spent 43 years in hospital care; primarily surgical ICU's. About 60% of the doctors I was personally friends with have left the business. And most of them were in their 50's. The doctor that now treats me spends way too much time trying to find funding for his medicaid patients to have the technology and medication that private insurance gives to their patients. The office recently celebrated with kool aid and home made cake when they finally raised enough money for an insulin pump for a very sick man. And yes, I was a contributor along with most of the rest of his patients, some of which could only put pennies in the collection jar. This is shameful.

Over dinner with an anesthesiologist friend, we discussed his new job -specifically his "on call" schedule. He explained that he needed to get one of his partners to take his next day on call, but that it shouldn't be a problem. In fact, he said that his partners vie for these call days. I was perplexed because this had not been my experience, so I asked him to elaborate. He said that the doctors in his group get paid according to how much they work, so they compete for extra call days.

In his former group, everyone was paid the...