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  •  How insulting to doctors. (0+ / 0-)

    I retired in 1995, but prior to that time I spent thirty years working in situations that required me to monitor real world medical practices covering millions of patients over many years. I provided custom systems to HMO's, BC-BS plans, self-insured groups, association groups, Americans working abroad, and worked on the original and most widely used Medicare and Medicaid systems. Some of these systems are still in use and directly affect the daily lives of millions of Americans. Most doctors, very nearly all, do not act the way you describe. We are lucky to have them.

    You are attacking the wrong guys.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 03:30:12 AM PST

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    •  hestal, you are being idealist or (0+ / 0-)

      defensive.

      I wish you would read this book or at least a lot of the reviews of it by people that have read it.

      How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America [now in Paperback] by
      Otis Webb Brawley, M.D.

      http://www.amazon.com/...

      Not all doctors are deliberately bad or exploitative but too many are. Some over order because they think their patients want the excesses so we need to learn more about when to say no or it least ask more questions.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:00:09 AM PST

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      •  I am not an idealist, I deal in facts, and (1+ / 0-)
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        CA wildwoman

        I saw this kind of thing up close for thirty years. I even had doctors on my payroll. Facts are facts. And I have seen them with my own eyes for many years.

        I started Medicare's fraud detection system from the very first day. Overutilization is an old term, and I have dealt with it since the beginning, but you have to put things in perspective.

        When you said, "we need to learn more" you were close. If you had said, "I need to learn more" you would have been correct. I learned these lessons long ago and things haven't changed, if anything they are getting better.

        Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

        by hestal on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:27:33 AM PST

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