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  •  I wouldn't let this quack operate on me (5+ / 0-)

    The guy isn't even officially board certified anymore. Plus, isn't this a form of medicare fraud? How can you operate on some patients and wave the fee and charge the government for others who are on medicare?

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 11:37:49 AM PDT

    •  He gets to keep his medical certification active.. (3+ / 0-)

      and current by performing this charity.  As long as he can continue to call himself Doctor he can take any position that requires that title.  Chairman of the board or CEO of some big hospital group would be worth big bucks.

      He's staying prepared for the time when his politicking career satisfies him less than raking in the big bucks for himself.

      That is coming sooner than he expects too.

      The general that makes many calculations will prevail over the general that makes few calculations. Be prepared and stay calm, if you panic you die.

      by Josiah Bartlett on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 07:29:01 PM PDT

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    •  F the Three Stooges (0+ / 0-)

      F Moe Cruz, F Larry Lee, F Curly Paul and while I'm at it, F Shemp Johnson, F Joe Grassley and F Curly Joe McConnell!

    •  To be fair... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't like Paul's politics at all, but let's be clear:  Board certification is not a requierment for medical licensure in Kentucky.  (I can't speak to other states' requirements.)

      In Kentucky, you have to successfully complete the prescribed academic work at a recognized institution and pass specific exams.  That's about it.  Certification by groups like ABO are not required; in fact, they don't enter into the licensing decision at all.

      If you drill down to the root of Paul's complaint about the ABO, it stems from their decision to make younger doctors recertify while exempting older opthamologists from recertification.  In other words, they grandfathered older docs from the requirement to pass the recertification exam.  Paul argued that this was both unfair to younger doctors and prejudicial to patient care.

      There was a similar controversy with OB/GYNs; their certification authority (ACOG) decided that any doctor certified after 1986 had to participate in a formal "maintenance of certification" process to keep their board certification, but exempted docs certified before that time.

      You can say "I wouldn't go to a doc who isn't board-certified", but in the case of opthamologists, you could well be going to a doc who hasn't had to recertify at all in 20 years.  If you stop and think about the changes in medicine over the last two decades, is that really in the best interests of the patient?

      Again, I don't like Paul's politics - but his argument in this matter doesn't seem extreme to me.

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 09:13:19 PM PDT

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