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    providing a brief service. it is too much money. We cannot afford that level of cost when in Canada these EXACT SAME services cost far less.

    A lot of medical providers get very defensive about the cost issue - ultimately, what many of you in the nursing profession don't understand is that reducing healthcare costs probably doesn't mean nursing salaries will go down. There isn't a lot of excess there. That nurse didn't make 500 dollars an hour.

    •  Nursing salary (0+ / 0-)

      Is usually the largest hospital expense. Most hospitals I worked at it was 50% of their operating expenses. Cutting reimbursements means cutting nurse pay.

    •  Might be brief (0+ / 0-)

      But it requires a lot of expertise. It is easy to criticize what we do, but the reality is that we literally have your precious life in our hands. BTW, a plumber makes more per hr than I do.

      •  Where exactly did that money go? (0+ / 0-)

        The nurse wasn't paid $600 or anywhere near that for the service. She wasn't even paid $600 an hour.

        Her share of that wouldn't have been more than $30 including the lost time moving between patients. So what accounts for the rest?

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sat May 14, 2011 at 10:37:19 AM PDT

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