HistoryBeen there, done that.Thu Jul 5, 2012 7:35pm220.127.116.11I was a military physician for my first four years. And I have no regrets at all in doing so in return for a scholarship that covered the cost of medical school. However, I learned this system of healthcare was neither ideal or desireable for me.
Military medicine was my first experience with rationed care where administrators determined what services and in what circumstances a physician or hospital could or could not provide to patients. THAT more than the low pay and the lack of control of deciding where I would practice and where I would raise my family led me to depart the service.
In retrospect, this was a foreshadow of the changes I see occuring in the health system in America today. There is little personal incentive under a government run (socialist style) health care system. That I was willing to stay and work beyond 4pm on my own initiative, correct inefficiences in my Department (of which I was Chair at West Point), or volunteer to perform procedures for military personnel and their families that would otherwise be performed at civilian medical centers at taxpayer expense earned me the respect of my superiors and the shrugging and shaking of heads of my physician peers who were career military. I was young and idealistic then.
It took five years, but after leaving the military I tripled my salary as a private practicioner, had control of the medical decisions for my patients, and had no fear of abruptly needing to relocate my family (or leave them for months or years) whenever the Government decided they needed my skills.
That the government assumes liability for the negligence of its personnel does not address the problem of both identifying and correcting incompetent physicians and the unjustifiable multi-million dollar reward medical malpractice business.
- Salaried government employees don't worry about liability Clawson, Thu Jul 5 3:04pm...and reimbursement. The answer is simple. Government paid tuition grants and government paid jobs for doctors. Any doctor following the traditional route is OK, too, but that route doesn't have... more
- Been there, done that. History, Thu Jul 5 7:35pm
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