Buttle's World

13 August, 2009

No Leg to Stand On

Filed under: Posts — Tags: — clgood @ 8:39

This Messiah, the one my coworker called “F***ing brilliant” has, once again, shown his scissor-like grasp of the facts.

—  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.

—  Three weeks ago, the President suggested that a surgeon’s decision to remove a child’s tonsils is based on the desire to make a lot of money. 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.

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