Physicians Are Talking About: The Million Med March on Washington

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    "I'm tired, mad as hell, and just not going to take it anymore," says Richard Chudacoff, MD, a gynecologist from Las Vegas. "I am going to Washington, DC. At noon, on Thursday, October 1, 2009, I will be on the Mall with a few other physicians."

    "Perhaps we will show the country that physicians are worth more than a $5 copay; that physicians are more important than a mid-level healthcare worker; and that our profession is needed, our services are required, and our practice is a calling to be respected, not a trade that is to be negotiated to the lowest bidder."
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    About sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

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  3. Visit  silas2642 profile page
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    Good for them; usually physicians just bend over and take it. It's time they stand up for themselves; God knows nurses do.
  4. Visit  azhiker96 profile page
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    I think it's great. Hopefully they'll have a specific set of proposals or concerns that can be addressed in the pending legislation.
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  5. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    Not really. I'm a mid-level provider in IL and the American Medical Assoc is headquartered in Chicago. Believe me, these physicians have a lot of political clout whether they march on the mall or stay home.

    Its me as a mid-level who is worried.
    morte, SharonH, RN, Teresag_CNS, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    Not really. I'm a mid-level provider in IL and the American Medical Assoc is headquartered in Chicago. Believe me, these physicians have a lot of political clout whether they march on the mall or stay home.

    Its me as a mid-level who is worried.
    I don't think you should be too worried. Something tells me that mid-level providers will be the KEY to healthcare reform.
    CPhT2RNstudent, NRSKarenRN, and CityKat like this.
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    Quote from JoPACURN
    I don't think you should be too worried. Something tells me that mid-level providers will be the KEY to healthcare reform.
    In a rational approach, they certainly would be.

    The drama playing out in DC is far from rational and looks to me to be a matter of juicy plums being handed out to the wealthiest and most powerful players.

    The mid-levels may be the keys but if someone's going to lose out financially, I'm thinking it's much more likely to be the APNs than the MD/DOs.
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    Quote from sirI
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    You have to be kidding me! I guess I can use the phrse as well, I am mad as hell and just not going to take it any more. We are one of the only industries that provide everything for our consumers (physicians - especially surgeons) at on cost and and do not require them to use our facilities. Maybe it is time the they paied their way.
    I resent the elitist attitutde this physcian presents in this article. Hospitals and nurses are struggling to keep their heads abouve water and he ahs the guts to say don't attempt to fix the system.
    If the physicians feel they are worth more than $5.00 then let them share in the expenses they create
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    Ya ! Pricing the Dr's out of the market will really help medical care. You cannot be this stupid !
  10. Visit  coco3299 profile page
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    What are these doctors talking about anyway? As if seeing patients for 10 minutes and leaving the nurses to do the rest of the work is cause for complaint! With the implementation of multi disciplinary care doctors pass their problems along with their 'consult GI' or 'consult Cardiology.' I'm referring to Internal Medicine here. So whoo hoo if they actually have to work these days. Nurses run day and night on that floor. I understand their concern as being a doctor was once regarded as one of the highest professions in the land, but those days are surely coming to an end, as they should. No more milking Medicare for the big bucks letting grandma sit in the hospital for two weeks with ASTHMA. So what are they complaining about again?
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  11. Visit  azhiker96 profile page
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    What they are talking about is the decrease in reimbursement they get from Medicare/Medicaid. They are talking about how insurance companies are reducing their reimbursements to match what our government pays. They are talking about increasing malpractice premiums and other costs of doing business. These things are real and doctors are leaving the practice of medicine.
    http://allnurses-central.com/world-n...ne-424106.html
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  12. Visit  Areenn profile page
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    If they really do it , good for them. It's been a long time coming. Those of you here who don't understand. Go buy the book Code Green, and read it. Then maybe you can understand. This is not about us and them. Doctors and nurses are all in this together,, and well all be worse off if this so called reform passes, and our patients too. The only ones who will profit are the same ones sitting in offices with million dollar a year salaries now, and the us gov. Do you actually know what the Ceo of your hospital made this year? If you don't find out. Especially if you work for a not for profit. I can bet the CEO's of all the major PPO and HMO that are left, and the major health care chains make the same. Physican's are not the "bad guys". Why don't you sit down and talk to one. They are disillusioned, exhausted, and as overworked as we are. Sure they make more. They went to school longer and learned more. But these days they are just as much overworked, employees of the uncaring administrations as we are. Stop feeding into the us and them, that's the powers that be's game to keep us divided and weaker. Physicans and nurses are a team. It's the rest of them we need to worry about and that are causing all our problems. Nursing unions need to get behind this million med march and make it happen, and have the Phyiscans go fight for all of us: Doc's , nurses, and patients before it's too late.
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  13. Visit  coco3299 profile page
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    Ummmmm Newsflash- the government (Medicare) pays more than private insurance any day. Medicare is one of the few companies that won't kick patients out after so many days. Where do you live?
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    Quote from coco3299
    Ummmmm Newsflash- the government (Medicare) pays more than private insurance any day. Medicare is one of the few companies that won't kick patients out after so many days. Where do you live?
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle Thanks for the chuckle. If you do some research, you'll find Medicare typically pays a small percentage of what private insurance pays. I've posted a few examples below, it took a couple of minutes to find them. If you have a link to a newsflash that says reimbursement from Medicare is greater, please post it.

    http://www.asahq.org/news/asanews072009.htm

    Payments for anesthesia services would be based upon Medicare's unacceptably low anesthesia conversion factor - a payment level calculated to be only 33% percent of commercial/private insurance levels.
    I know an anesthesiologist who's been taking Medicare payment for services since 1984. She gets paid LESS today than she was paid in 1984.

    http://www.prlog.org/10324164-low-me...hospitals.html

    According to a California Hospital Association survey, cost issues and wage freezes across California were due in part to low reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medi-Cal patients, causing more than half of the state's hospitals to operate at a loss.

    Currently, hospitals receive about 78 cents for every dollar they spend on Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
    http://www.homeland1.com/homeland-se...r-budget-woes/

    Over the past five years, the New Britain Emergency Medical Services ambulance service has missed out on at least $10 million because of a growing number of calls from patients on Medicaid, which reimburses the service only 41 percent of its costs.

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