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Rich Doctors: Rich Lawyers and Richer Insurance ExecutivesDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
What happened? Now Doctors actually work FOR medical insurance companies. They tell us in no uncertain terms what we can and better NOT do – THEY WITHHOLD PAYMENTS!
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The Lawyers and Insurers have destroyed the best medical system in the world. How do I know? Been there, done that, seen that.
I wanted to be a doctor since I was a child. I was a golf caddy and I knew dozens of rich doctors and rich lawyers. The Insurance executives were still in the closet except that the doctors and lawyers knew who they were and how much loot they were dragging home.
There are about 1300 medical insurance companies – very profitable – and most of their upper level drag home more money than very many doctors.
Plaintiff lawyers are a very rich class of their own. One multi-million dollar settlement (these have become very common) and the lawyer can quit and become a world traveler.
What happened? Now Doctors actually work FOR medical insurance companies. They tell us in no uncertain terms what we can and better NOT do – THEY WITHHOLD PAYMENTS! You have read all about this – withholding life-saving surgery. WHY? It costs THEIR MONEY! THEIR MONEY???
Back in the OLD DAYS patients were told to make a list of their medical problems and discuss ALL of them at an office call. NO MORE. Doctors will only treat one condition per office call at a time. They make more of the insurance companies money that way – payback time!
The Medical Malpractice Insurers are another awful case. A friend of mine, a heart surgeon, had his malpractice insurance premium kicked-up to $275 thousand dollars per year. He doesn’t do heart surgery in the U.S. anymore. With the conniving of malpractice lawyers and malpractice insurance executives they can financially and professionally ruin ANY doctor.
The name of the game for doctors is now ultra defensive medicine, make as much money as possible as fast as possible on one patient, one problem at a time and then “get out of Dodge” – as soon as possible. The best trained, most experienced doctors are quitting as soon as financially possible.
The Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are taking over patient care. Most medical school classes now have more females than males. The previous males are going to Law Schools – more money, no night calls or going into the insurance business where the real money is and more golf days are possible.
ALL patients should be able to have the same insurance as Federal Employees. If it’s good enough for them it should be good enough for the rest of us.
GO OBAMA GO!!!
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