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    Who is better for the medical profession, MacCain or O?

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    Many of us will be graduating in a couple of years, does anyone know whose policies will be advantageous to medical professionals? Don't look at it simply as a matter of money but in terms of insurance regulation, lawsuit cap limits, access for the people to medical care etc.

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    good thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schnabel View Post
    Many of us will be graduating in a couple of years, does anyone know whose policies will be advantageous to medical professionals? Don't look at it simply as a matter of money but in terms of insurance regulation, lawsuit cap limits, access for the people to medical care etc.
    Insurance Regulation: McCain
    Lawsuit Cap Limits: O
    Access to Care: O

    Doctor's bottom line: O

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    oh my god you cant be serious!!!????
    O=possibly free healthcare (at least he will try)= very low wages for doctors= + higher taxes = very bad situation for doctors

    do you know how much doctors make in countries where there is free healthcare? very very little

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenofspades11 View Post
    oh my god you cant be serious!!!????
    O=possibly free healthcare (at least he will try)= very low wages for doctors= + higher taxes = very bad situation for doctors

    do you know how much doctors make in countries where there is free healthcare? very very little
    I said O, not free health care. Although he will try to move in that direction, there is no way that free health care will be implemented during the next 4 years, not even with a democrat controlled congress.

    If anybody remembers, the democrats were the ones who stopped the 10% cut in medicare payments to physicians back in July or so (by taking money from insurance companies no less) that republicans were going to let come into effect. Physicians benefit from competition in the political arena, and change of government from republican to democratic hands means more focus on healthcare (by reducing spending on the various wars.)

    This will come to physicians as possibly a revision in the way that medicare reimbursement is calculated, increasing every year with cost of practice instead of remaining flat. Then four years from now if a republican takes the reigns, he will insure that we move away from universal healthcare, but we will have gotten what we need. (Medicare is a significant part of many physician's incomes either directly or by insurance reimbursement rates that are tagged to it.)

    Also, democrats tend to favor preventative care and developing primary care, something that benefits most caribbean grads.

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    Excellent and insightful post.

    Quote Originally Posted by thezohan View Post
    I said O, not free health care. Although he will try to move in that direction, there is no way that free health care will be implemented during the next 4 years, not even with a democrat controlled congress.

    If anybody remembers, the democrats were the ones who stopped the 10% cut in medicare payments to physicians back in July or so (by taking money from insurance companies no less) that republicans were going to let come into effect. Physicians benefit from competition in the political arena, and change of government from republican to democratic hands means more focus on healthcare (by reducing spending on the various wars.)

    This will come to physicians as possibly a revision in the way that medicare reimbursement is calculated, increasing every year with cost of practice instead of remaining flat. Then four years from now if a republican takes the reigns, he will insure that we move away from universal healthcare, but we will have gotten what we need. (Medicare is a significant part of many physician's incomes either directly or by insurance reimbursement rates that are tagged to it.)

    Also, democrats tend to favor preventative care and developing primary care, something that benefits most caribbean grads.

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    Haha. Honestly people.

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    Democrat by definition means bigger nat'l government control (regulated)
    Republican by definition means more state and personal control(unregulated)

    If you want to be be rewarded for trying to work the extra hour or put the extra effort into growing a small business (your practice), the choice is obvious. you're republican. If you want to be paid a secure wage (and maybe insure the population) and make the same as every other doctor despite your effort, your democratic.

    Other issues aside, make ur pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smatty4483 View Post
    Haha. Honestly people.

    BASIC
    Democrat by definition means bigger nat'l government control (regulated)
    Republican by definition means more state and personal control(unregulated)

    If you want to be be rewarded for trying to work the extra hour or put the extra effort into growing a small business (your practice), the choice is obvious. you're republican. If you want to be paid a secure wage (and maybe insure the population) and make the same as every other doctor despite your effort, your democratic.

    Other issues aside, make ur pick.
    If republicans had their way, you wouldn't receive any of the protections afforded to you by the government, whose regulations ensure that you get paid more than pure market forces would dictate. It is not as simple as democrat or republican.

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    nah its pretty simple
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    O, if you want to be able to pay back your loans. I thought medical students were supposed to be smart? You "free health care" conspiracy theorists need to stop having such an alarmist world view. Many of you enjoy many socialist programs like the military, federal loans, postal service, FEMA, HUD, social security, DOT, NIH, but for some reason the thought of government health care scares people?? The fact is, one candidate will take more money through taxes, the other will cut it out of your reimbursement, you WILL MAKE LESS MONEY WITH BOTH CANDIDATES. That is an inevitability. You better get out of medicine if you are worried about money. It is absolutely asinine to be a one issue voter. There are more important issues in the world, many of which indirectly affect your future job security. Like the destruction of the econmony by our great leaders. Use some common sense and understand the BIG picture because health policy is much a more dynamic than a SINGLE stance on an issue.
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