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September 18th, 2009
05:41 PM ET
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Susan

    Gary:

    I am in the healthcare business, but not in TX. I was talking to one of the doc's today and he stated that reimbursement rates are good in
    TX. He also stated that they pay for just about everything.

    September 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  2. Tracy Brown

    Oddly enough, this story is exactly what my husband has said about a lot of the medical practices in the United States and is, in his opinion, one of the reasons that health care in general, is more expensive in the United States that anywhere else in the world... often with less good outcomes.

    My husband is a physican in Canada. We have had friends from the states who have, from time to time, chosen to share medical information regarding their diagnosis and treatment. Often, my husband has remarked that "the patient", depeding on diagnosis, is a "license to print money" and that all sorts of uneccesary tests are odered and treatments given that make "no difference" to the outcome at all, and, in fact, just make the patient experience more physical discomfort with all these tests. This is especially true when a patient is well insured.

    What's awful about this situation, though, is that subjectively, the patient feels that he/she is getting the best care available because so many tests are being done etc. etc. More is not better. Having the right tets, the right solutions is what's important and that's what a doctor is suppose to do, make a diagnosis and use his brain to figure out what's wrong and how to fix it.

    September 18, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  3. Conserve' for USA

    It would be interesting to see what polital party this doctor belongs to. You talked to only two doctors in this story. Why not more? Is he the only doctor that feels or thinks this way?

    September 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm |