And some poor pediatrician who chose a life of primary care will start out at $90,000 with hopes of making maybe $150,000 by the time they retire (if they play their cards right). They administer vaccinations, save the kids from infections that used to kill all kinds of them through good doctoring and timely administration of antibiotics, and calm the nerves of new mothers who are nervous about their new additions to their family.
Many people in Washington have made the decision that a pediatrician should get paid about $100K and brain surgeons should make $2.5 million.
And we’d like to solve this problem with health insurance mandates? Ha. Good luck.
Again, it’s the fundamental core of healthcare that is the problem. It’s not how we pay for it. Mandating that we all pay into such an out of control, fundamentally flawed, criminally inefficient, and misaligned industry that profits from our sickness will be the largest mistake of the Obama administration– on par with invading Iraq. If he were a true leader in this area, he would throw out all the lobbyists and restructure the entire healthcare system for the 10% of healthcare providers and patients who simply want a true healthcare SYSTEM that’s aligned with the needs of patients, their health, and their doctors’ desire to do what’s right and get compensated just as well, if not better, than what they do today.
And I pay just over $5,000 per month to pay off my medical school loans. In 10 years, they will be paid off. I’d like to decrease this monthly payment and stretch it out to 30 years, but nobody is refinancing due to the economy. So I’m stuck…
I sure do wish I had $2.5 million to not show up to work while some poor woman is sedated on the operating table waiting for me to do my job. But…the real culprit here is the anesthesiologist. He bills by the procedure. I wonder how much he got paid for putting this woman under? Hot damn! There’s an app for that!