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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    Quote from sirI
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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.
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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.
    herring_RN and RNinChicago like this.
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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.
    Teresag_CNS and OC_An Khe like this.
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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
    cjmjmom and Lacie like this.
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    Ya ! Pricing the Dr's out of the market will really help medical care. You cannot be this stupid !
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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?
    cjmjmom, Lacie, and FemmeRN like this.
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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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