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    How could outpatient surgery cost more than inpatient surgery?  Doesn't time in hospital = $?

    If $64 billion of the $138 billion for healthcare workers is excessive, why is there a chronic shortage of healthcare workers in hospitals and nursing homes?  My wife is an RN, so I know whereof I speak.  She quit a high-paying hospital job to take a lower paying clinic job because 1)  she didn't want to kill someone when the hospital cut so far to the bone that she didn't have time to properly assess and treat patients, and 2) She was killing herself with the stress and the wear and tear on aging body parts that comes with racing between too many patients per nurse.

    The hospital was making a profit - with savings from employing insufficient staff to properly manage the caseload.

    The community of fools might be small if it were not such an accomplished proselytizer.

    by ZedMont on Sat May 14, 2011 at 05:16:05 AM PDT

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