Wednesday, November 26, 2008

OB/GYN - GYN = 66%

Wow. I was talking with several of our OB/GYNs in the doctors lounge. One had just decided to stop delivering babies and found out that her medical malpractice premiums would drop by two thirds! She coldn't believe it, when she did all the numbers she would make more by doing less! In fact delivering babies was actually costing her.

I am sorry to see her stop her OB practice. She took care of those with no insurance, those who came in to the ER with no prenatal care, those on Medicaid. It all came down to simple economics, she could not afford to deliver babies and carry insurance.


SeaSpray said...

That is really sad.

I know that doctors think going to universal care will cause them to be rewarded for working less.

It all seems so backwards.

I can't help but wonder with the collective intelligence of the med professionals...why can't there be a consensus on how to improve where necessary and thus prevent the disintegration of quality health care as it seems to be heading in a downward spiral for the practitioners and other providers.

Yet...there must be so much promising research and new discoveries in medicine... but we need the doctors to implement these things.

Lori said...

This is exactly what will be covered at the Controversies in Childbirth Conference in March. We've got to find solutions to save physicians like your wonderful OB co-worker.