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The War Against Doctors

Redshirt44 Wrote: May 15, 2012 10:24 PM
Good point on the ACO's. People do not seem to realize that the so called quality metrics that the insurance companies and Medicare are touting often are only measures of how much money the doctor can save them and make for them. Where is the Attorney General screaming "conflict of interest", Where is the AMA on this? They obviously have no care for the best interest of patients. Only themselves. How many brain tumors will be missed because Ct scans were never ordered, so the doctor would be able to make ends meet by getting a "bonus" from an ACO for not doing his job?
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The War Against Doctors

Redshirt44 Wrote: May 15, 2012 10:16 PM
You misunderstood his arguments. Re-read it, he is pointing out that both groups are curbing the abilities of Doctors to practice free-market medicine. Hospitals carve out a nice position by being "non-profit" yet their administrators make six to seven figure salaries. Then when doctors want to build a hospital and offer better prices to consumers they block them. NPs and Optoms undercut physicians by pretending to offer equivalent health-care and thus demand equal reimbursement from third party government payers. Some doctors have even hired these para-professionals in an attempt to make ends meet. In the end, the patients get it in the back end. They simply don't have the training.
Thank you Dr. Scherz. Doctors who continue to participate in these government payment schemes risk the fate of Karl Brandt, the H.H.S. head in Germany under the Fascist socialists. My question to the doctors is, if the insurer or the government is "paying the bills" then who, exactly is their allegiance to, me or the company? If the government or a company rewards them for not offering me the best healthcare are they going to take the bribe and shortchange the patients? Accountability Care Organizations are directly a conflict of the interests of the unsuspecting patients.
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