Med School Hell – Less, Not More

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February 19, 2006
By: Hoover


I grabbed this from the SDN forums and wanted to post it here just in case you guys haven’t seen it yet.

From the Journal of Medical Economics:

“I’m frustrated and disillusioned,I do not know one single M.D. who is happy right now, and many are actively looking for a way out. The system is all very broken. But the health plans, the insurance companies, are all more solvent than ever.”

-Dr. Patrick Lyden, UCSD Department of Neurology

“I love being a physician, but practicing medicine is extremely frustrating when I never know how much my charges will translate into actual dollars. Medicine used to be about helping people. Our system of fragmented care is broken. It’s time for the big overhaul.”

-Patricia M. Martin, MD

“I’m a practicing board-certified internist, and over the past 25 years I’ve seen catastrophic changes to the practice of medicine in the state of Pennsylvania. Even the busiest physicians have found it impossible to keep up with their monthly costs. Overhead continues to rise at exponential rates and our reimbursement continues to fall. This explains why so many physicians have fled the state. Nevertheless, at 50 years of age with an established practice, and a family devoted to remaining in this area, I struggle to enhance the finances of my practice, while finding it more and more difficult to succeed.”

-Ronald M. Block, MD

Medical Economics, Sept 2, 2005 v82 i17 p8(1)

Thanks joedoctor.


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This article is part of Hoover’s Med School Hell series. Med School Hell reveals the crazy truth about the crappiness of the US medical education and healthcare system … while making you laugh so hard, you’ll crap in your pants.

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