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Friday, December 3, 2010

Do Physicians Make Decisions Based on Financial Factors?

Dr. Gerald Chodak of Medscape questions that treatment decisions made by urologists who own the equipment and do intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for localized prostate cancer may be influenced by financial factors.

Dr. Chodak says,
"For physicians who do radical prostatectomies, the net profit is between $2,000 and $3,000, depending on who is paying for it.

Active surveillance doesn't pay nearly as well."
Dr. Chodak recommends a "constant fee" - no matter how the patient is treated.

I wonder how a constant fee would work for physical therapists?

See the page and the doctor's comments at Medscape.com.

1 comment:

  1. How about a constant fee for the guy down the street who runs a restaraunt? Are you going to want to eat there? I don't think any of us would. The food would be cold, small serving sizes, and generally the repair of the place would be awful. And they may not have a cook, as he returned to school to study dentistry because he was going broke as a cook.



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