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  •  wish there could be a union for (10+ / 0-)

    us therapists who are self-employed but constrained by contracts to managed health care low fees and concomitant bureaucratic trappings. Large corporations who try to get out of paying us on any kind of trumped up reason they can cite and can brow-beat us b/c we are one-person shops.  We have all the work, the worry, the liability--and they make the money.  Same low(ered) fees paid now as in '91 when they did their corporate take-over of the mental health field.

    But people in my field are either too "good", too  self-sacrificial, too "professional", or too stoopid to take any action.  Their voices are not being heard in the national healthcare debate either except for the eye-blink reference to "parity".

    Find your own voice--the personal is political.

    by In her own Voice on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:17:32 PM PST

    •  Only people in health care making money today... (7+ / 0-)

      Insurance Companies.  Single Payer.

    •  you cold form something similar to (3+ / 0-)

      the National Writers Union, which is for self-employed and contract writers. I used to be a member. As you probably already know, self-employed people are constrained by law from setting rates because that's technically price-fixing/collusion, but we had a handy database of what people were getting paid and agreed to use it when negotiating. This helped keep clients from dropping the floor in negotiations. Lots of other benefits too (though the health insurance was not so hot unless you were in NYC).
      Among the most helpful services were the model contracts and workshops on contract negotiation.
      The NWU is now part of the UAW.

      Political Compass says: -8.88, -8.67
      "We never sold out cos no one would buy."--J Neo Marvin

      by expatyank on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 01:23:58 AM PST

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      •  I was thinking that what you have--what (0+ / 0-)

        Jeff was describing sounds perfect for us--but I've never been able to drum up any interest with my peers.  I can only guess many of them are working part-time and have spouses with income although I know there must be others like me...

        Thanks for your suggestion--I am going to put it out there again--maybe now it will be different.

        Find your own voice--the personal is political.

        by In her own Voice on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 05:28:01 AM PST

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