Must read article if you think we need universal healthcare (Obamacare); The “poor” don’t live the lifestyle of the poor Excerpt:

The following items were commonly seen on patients or carried by their dependent children, who were also covered by subsidized programs:

  • Cell phones and “BlackBerry” PDAs, including just-released models with a price tag of $400, plus an ongoing monthly service fee of $65-$150
  • iPods and portable DVD players
  • GameBoys and handheld electronic games
  • Artificial fingernails requiring maintenance every two weeks at a cost of $40-$60 per salon visit
  • Elaborate braided hair weaves, $300 per session plus frequent maintenance
  • Custom-designed body art, including tattoos covering the entire torso, neck and arms, as well as body jewelry piercing every skin surface imaginable-and a few unimaginable ones.  Custom tattoo work, particularly the “portrait-type”and “half sleeve” art popular in this area, runs from $100-$300 per hour and can require up to 20 hours of work, depending on the complexity of the design.

I  and thousands of doctors across the country could easily have written this article.   Years ago,   I had just discounted a patient’s office visit because she and her husband were in a low income area and ran a ministry for the poor.   She then casually said she and her husband were going on a Caribbean cruise.   I had not had a real vacation in years.

I personally have also done the “parking lot review.”    Much nicer cars than my Toyota minivan.    I also have seen minimum wage ward clerks in hospitals with the expensive hair braiding and artificial fingernails.

A wealthy financial executive, still working after age 65,  told me he did not want to have to pay $15 for his medical records to be copied and sent to another doctor.   But this gentleman gave thousands of dollars to numerous foundations with his name on plaques and buildings.   His conclusion must have been all doctors are rich and drive Jaguars.

When other businessmen think doctors get paid with manna from heaven and feel no reason to pay physicians for their time and knowledge,  it is time for solo practitioners to throw in the towel like the surgeon in this article.


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