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    Posted: Dec 24 2007 at 8:48pm
Whenever Madame Hillary or any of her fellow socialist presidential candidates appear on the OR lounge TV, our surgeons foam at the mouth and then tell us that socialised medicine will not reward people sufficiently to attract the best into medicine(or surgery at least).

I have yet to see any postings on the effects of socialised medicine on perfusion. Are there any opinions or ideas out there?
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While I am not a fan of Hillary, I doubt that most people would regard either her or any of the other candidates as "socialist". I would assume that your surgeons would view "W" as a liberal! The term that should be used is "universal healthcare," not socialized medicine. While England and Canada have demonstrated that socialized medicine is not the best, Germany utilizes a system that works much better and uses a system that is similar to universal healthcare.
 
I would recommend that you visit the website of the Kaiser Foundation, www.kff.org, and read up on the status of the US healthcare system and the increasing percentage of people without any coverage!
 
Surgeons have lost 65% of their reimbursement since 1985 with the beginning of the DRG's! Perfusion on the other hand has seen a "stable" salary during the ensuing years. Talk to a perfusionist from one of the "socialized" countries and see what they earn and what they pay in taxes. You won't like the answer.
 
Reimbursement is one issue but so are malpractice, overhead, etc. The number of residency vacancies continues to increase and the "baby boomers" will increase and a large number of cardiac surgeons are due to retire over the next 10 years. So the current surgeons are set. I seriously doubt that the current insurance lobbyist will permit much change over the next 5-10 years.
 
My two cents,
bill springer, ccp, mba 


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