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  •  If they're listening, (10+ / 0-)

    they may not like the ideas they hear.

    Medicare for all. (single payer)

    VA care for all. (national health care)

    Eliminate health insurance companies.

    Dump Medicare Advantage.

    Price controls on hospitals, big for-profit clinics, and big pharma.

    Break the stranglehold of the AMA and med schools on who can become a licensed health care provider.

    ...and more

    •  Is anyone working on the issue of med school loans (7+ / 0-)

      I haven't been following the student loan debate closely enough to know whether medical student loans are included.

      If not, they should be. Having been married to a physician-in-training -- once, a long time ago -- I've experienced first-hand the near-criminality of the HEAL loan.  Interest begins accruing immediately, and continues to accrue through all four years, plus through any residency and fellowship training when most MDs are paid such a pittance that they have to defer loan payments.

      As a result, MDs finish their training already saddled with a burden equivalent to a fairly expensive home. Worse, many discover they don't actually enjoy being a physician, but are effectively trapped until they can pay off their loans, dozens of years down the road.

      It's long been my opinion that if we're to succeed in addressing the costs of healthcare, the HEAL loan needs to be a prominent part of the discussion (and solution).

      God used to be my co-pilot, but then we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him.

      by Eagles92 on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:46:35 AM PDT

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      •  My ex is a surgeon. They worked him hard (7+ / 0-)

        in residency (Harvard/Beth Israel Deaconess Boston) up to 120 hours a WEEK. For about 33K a year. I very nearly convinced him to unionize the residents. Too bad he didn't, but the Federal Government intervened. They could only be worked 80 hours a week after that. For the same pay.

        Doctoring, I have discovered, is based on hazing and wage theft. Think about that next time someone wants to do a procedure on you.

        Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

        by commonmass on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:50:28 AM PDT

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        •  Well said (n/t) (1+ / 0-)
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          God used to be my co-pilot, but then we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him.

          by Eagles92 on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 10:01:20 AM PDT

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          •  I had a procedure at BIDMC to fix a (1+ / 0-)
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            broken pinkie. I know that sounds trite, but I am a professional musician and work with my hands. I asked the resident how long he'd been working in the last 48 hours and he told me the truth. I told the attending that he'd better get that resident out of the operating room or I'd sue if anything went wrong.

            I'm not kidding.

            Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

            by commonmass on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 10:59:48 AM PDT

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        •  I always thought of it (2+ / 0-)
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          as a medieval guild system -- they get the lion's share of the labor out of the people lowest on he totem pole, who put up with it because they see the potential to work their way up and use the people under them in later years, when they achieve "master" rank.

          The only thing I know is that you have your health in the hands of the least experienced people who are many times on the verge of dropping from fatigue.  Not exactly a confidence-building system.

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