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What is the role of Doctors in rising U.S. Health care cost?

What are your thoughs about doctors in USA healthcare Do you think they get paid a lot, not enough, just right... ? Are actions taken by Doctors both directly and indirectly(procedures, ordering lab results, prescriptions,) are causing an increasing in heathcare cost, or protecting the patients. Do Doctors care more about their Patients or their Pockets? I agree that Doctors don't get paid enough and that they don't contribute to rising healthcare cost... altough some minority doctors are involved in Insurance fraud. , but i heard many Liberals think doctors get paid a lot, wanted to hear some of their reasoning.

Asked By: Gator - 1/10/2008
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OK there are a few crooks out there, but the vast majority of docs are working themselves to death. The AMA has done things like recommend they REDUCE their work week to 55-60 hours (Adams, “Doctor morale shaky as practice stressors surge,” 15 January 2007, ama-assn.org). (Save America, Save the World by by Cassandra... More
Answered By: heyteach - 1/10/2008
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Not much. Most of the high costs of US Health care involve administrative costs.
Answered By: Forget War Buy More - 1/10/2008
 
My Dad's a doctor, so is my husband, grandfather, aunt and two uncles . . . they don't get paid enough. It's the health insurance companies and the liability insurance companies that dictate what a doctor gets paid. Your liberal theory is idiotic . . . we are all liberal.
Answered By: CHARITY G - 1/10/2008
 
the reason health care is through the roof is because of mal practice insurance.my friend is a surgeon and his insurance costs him almost 200,000 a year.he has never been sued,this is average across the board.the law suits settlements are outrageous.this is why some of it is out of control .but not all of it.when you... More
Answered By: whip - 1/10/2008
 
That majority of heath care cost are administrative. What a doctor can bill is limited by a set of standards. Usually a range of what the acceptable cost are for various services... More
Answered By: smedrik - 1/10/2008
 
I think alot of it has to due with the cost of malpractice insurance. There are some very silly suits filed and rather than spending the money to fight it they pay because it is cheaper but it raises the cost to the doctors. There are also many added costs for administration and as far as the tests and such they are... More
Answered By: debbie f - 1/10/2008
 
Doctors aren't hurting financially but much of what they do, and what we end up paying for is to protect themselves from lawsuits, something else we can thank the lawyers for. Another thing is the huge amount we pay to provide care to people who don't have insurance, ( even though they have jobs, in many instances... More
Answered By: booboo - 1/10/2008
 
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