Posted by: bridget | 20 September 2007

Thursday!

Ah, Thursday…. which was, in Cali, champagne Thursday.  Everywhere, it’s Ann Day: the day that Miss Coulter’s column comes out. Her newest is on the “crisis” affecting health care in America – i.e. “doctors are getting paid too much.”  It’s Ayn Rand meets the medical profession:

It’s only a matter of time before the best and brightest students forget about medical school and go to law school instead. How long can a society based on suing the productive last?

Er, that’s what this elephant did – she didn’t want to be sued for spend her life training to be sued. Or, as Ann said,

Doctors graduate at the top of their classes at college and then spend nearly a decade in grueling work at medical schools. Most doctors don’t make a dime until they’re in their early 30s, just in time to start paying off their six-figure student loans by saving people’s lives. They have 10 times the IQ of trial lawyers and 1,000 times the character.  Yeah, let’s go after those guys. On to nuns next!

(Heaven forbid someone look at the “nun” comment and take it as a suggestion.  These are the folks who think that 1984 is a how-to guide.)  Ann quoted a letter to the editor at the NYT:

 Ray Groves wrote:  “Last week, I had the annual checkup for my 2000 Taurus. I paid $95 per hour for much needed body work. Next month, when I have my own annual physical, I expect and hope to pay a much higher rate to my primary care internist, who has spent a significant portion of his life training to achieve his position of responsibility.”

Liberals don’t just want a “living wage” for those on the left-hand side of the earning curve; they want a maximum wage for those on the right-hand side.  One must wonder if they want a bell curve in earnings at all, or simply a uniform wage, irrespective of worth of work, intellectual capacity, education, and effort.

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  1. when I have my own annual physical, I expect and hope to pay a much higher rate to my primary care internist,

    Ya won’t. Most cases the MD has been paid around a 100 bucks for whatever he/she does for you all year.

    Liberals don’t just want a “living wage” for those on the left-hand side of the earning curve; they want a maximum wage for those on the right-hand side

    That is an awesome analysis.

  2. These are the kind of posts that make me wish I had more time to read them. :-)

  3. In2theFray,

    After overhead (secretaries, receptionists, nurses, people in billing), your doctor probably doesn’t make much more than your plumber.

    I hope you weren’t sarcastic… because that’s really what is going on.

    TT – :p to you!

  4. Our payment vs service system is slightly out of whack.

    Doctors are saving lives, teachers are educting our youth, Firemen are risking their lives for us…

    … and then we have the overpaid, idolized movie stars and athletes.

  5. CavMom,

    I will probably blog about that in a few. On one hand, if movie stars bring entertainment to millions of people, while a banjo player in the subway gives entertainment to ten people and annoys several thousand, I have no problem with the former person being paid more.

    Teachers get paid quite a bit of money. It’s probably the only job you can get without a professional degree that pays you $40,000/year… not to mention the 12 weeks off. I’m not trying to hate on teachers, but many states (NM, Wyoming, Pennsylvania) start teachers off at the $40k range. That is pretty much what a civil engineer makes, and that’s with an accredited engineering degree.

    Nevertheless, you have a great point. :)

  6. Huh ? My point was that most managed care MD’s receive a flat rate usually annually. The irony being the flat rate they get for a year is less than the lawyer that sues them gets for a one time consultation.

  7. Ah, got it. :) Mea culpa.


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