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To: safetysign
Having 20 years of experience in a major hospital's ER (administration,not patient care) I know a thing or two about the day-to-day practice of medicine (and surgery).This,IMO,is the key part of this piece:

I am a surgeon and have done thousands of cases, many involving complicated spinal implants and decompressions. I try to dictate my operative note immediately after the case, but sometimes that is not possible. I have been on call and been rushed into other emergencies before I could get a break to dictate. Sometimes I was up for nearly two days and just couldn’t stay awake anymore (after the adrenaline rush of surgery was over) to dictate a coherent report, so put it off till the next morning.

Medicare/medicaid fraud does seem to be a serious problem in this country (just think: crooked chiropractor...crooked lawyer...car accident...disability claim) but if I was on the jury I would,at the very least,give the surgeon the benefit of the doubt...particularly in light of the passage highlighted above.But your typical juror...IQ 95....finished 10th grade...probably envious of a successful physician...couldn't even begin to understand the realities of a case like this.

2 posted on 02/28/2013 7:32:01 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: Gay State Conservative
many drs that I know are the hardest working most caring, most conscientious people in the world....

to think that all this country can do is DUMP ON THEM in any way is insanity....

the docs with their heavy academic backgrounds, the huge college loans and the YEARS AND YEARS to get into the practice should have been teachers....get a whopping 4 yr degree filled with soft liberal arts, and then have all weekends, holidays, and summers off and never ever get fired nor be able to be sued. and retire with medical and a fat pension after 30 yrs......

there is something mighty off in this country...mighty off...

14 posted on 02/28/2013 1:38:22 PM PST by cherry
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