Now, The American College of Surgeons:
Again, Obama (a.k.a. Stuttering Sotero) - Click the link, there´s actually a video:
Yesterday during a town hall meeting, President Obama got his facts completely wrong. He stated that a surgeon gets paid $50,000 for a leg amputation when, in fact, Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. This payment also includes the evaluation of the patient on the day of the operation plus patient follow-up care that is provided for 90 days after the operation. Private insurers pay some variation of the Medicare reimbursement for this service.
Again, The American College of Surgeons:
"Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. ... The doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, 'You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out.'"
That remark was ill-informed and dangerous, and we were dismayed by this characterization of the work surgeons do. Surgeons make decisions about recommending operations based on what’s right for the patient...The President’s remarks are truly alarming and run the risk of damaging the all-important trust between surgeons and their patients.
Read their whole statement here.
If Obama wants to form another U.S.P.S. (U.S. Physicians Service), he better be careful what he says, they could 'go scalpal' on his ass.
Cross posted here.