Originally Posted by Kitty
Key word.. Salary. They can see 40 people or 4 people and it doesn't matter to them b/c they make the same. That is what I have learned from my mom's office.
That's bull... .. sort of.
If they're contracted, like a doctor's group, then probably.
If they're independent, they get paid off "RVU's." I don't know what it stands for, but basically every diagnosis has a procedure, you have to code based on depth of physical, history taken, time spent counseling, chief complaint... which pays jack shit.
Or you can do procedures, and really ramp up the salary.
Anyway, I don't want anyone to feel sorry for doctors based on their salary. I'm just saying, there's usually a reason they're so far behind. Usually, it's some fool that decided that today they needed to come in for a heart attack instead of going to the ER, or they have a billion problems, etc. The doc can be in and out in 15 minutes. The patient keeps them longer. i would agree that docs need to schedule longer appointments, but it'd be tough to stay solvent in today's current reimbursement environment.
You know the funny part though? Each and every one of you wants more than 15 minutes with the doctor... yet doesn't want to wait while the other folks get their 15+ minutes.