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Obamacare may be around, but will your doctor?

breathedeep Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 2:17 AM
Perfectly said. I have long said that the fastest way to make a doctor lazy is to give him a salary. Also not said is the consequence of saving money by IPAB saying "NO" to things like mammograms under 50 yrs old will be unnecessary deaths of many otherwise savable patients.

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...