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  •  A few months ago, (11+ / 0-)

    I "paid" my doctor with a rubber chicken. I had it lying on his desk when he walked in for our appointment.

    He laughed and laughed. Then I lit into him (nicely), saying that the medical profession had to get involved in political decisions that impacted the medical field or everything would be legislated for him. I told him that folks like him needed to get in the fight and get a little dirty; after all, docs can fix what breaks and know good handwashing techniques. They have everything to lose if they don't.

    I then launched into the options he had for paying his staff with said chicken. I said at least a real chicken would have feet and beaks that could go to staff so they could make gelatin, but I wasn't sure how that would go over at the bargaining table.

    But I was dead serious. He knows that because I have a serious condition, take that as seriously as I take my politics. The docs have lots to lose these days and haven't figured it out yet. Except for the straightshooters like Ms. Wasson. Thanks for the diary.

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 11:16:07 AM PDT

    •  Luv the fact that you did that! (3+ / 0-)

      And happy to see you posting, hope you are feeling better.
      You are so right about docs. I met a lot of students at the medical school where I worked that believed in single payer, and good primary medicine and charity care (they went to homeless shelters to provide care)...but the reality is that they would have hundreds of thousands in loans, so they would in the end chose a high paying specialty.

      Many people inhabit a closed belief system on whose door they have hung the "Do Not Disturb" sign. --Bill Moyers

      by shanesnana on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 12:05:02 PM PDT

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      •  New rules for med students: (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        jpmassar, shanesnana

        1.) You must serve a 5 year practice as a primary care physician. Regardless of whether or not you got specialty training.

        2.) If you decide to remain a PCP, you get 1/2 of your student loans wiped out. HALVED.

        3.) If you serve 15 years as a PCP, all your student loans are FORGIVEN.

        4.) If you serve 10 years as a PCP in a Fully Qualified Health Care Center, in an underserved community, that qualifies you for TOTAL STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS.

        Same with nurses. If you are an RN in a FQHCC, you get your loans forgiven in 10 years.

        Health care should not be a privilege for the few, but a human right for all.

        by Pris from LA on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 02:03:38 PM PDT

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      •  There is residency (0+ / 0-)

        (post-med school) training system in the United States.

        Medical school graduates apply for the residencies of their choice.

        However, the residency system will alone decide if the applicant gets offered a dermatology residency.

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