Thursday, December 24, 2009

More physicians practicing medicine in prisons

There's an interesting article on CNN by Parija B. Kavilanz titled, "Jailhouse docs choose inmates over insurance." The articles talks about how more and more physicians are choosing to practice medicine in prisons. Here's a snippet:
Better pay, better hours, retirement benefits and free malpractice insurance are just a few of the reasons why physicians are picking prisoners over civilian patients.
I agree that more physicians are being motivated to look for alternative ways to practice medicine. Some are moving to cash-only models. Others are adopting a concierge practice. Many physicians are simply leaving medicine to look for non-clinical jobs.

What will happen to this shuffle as our nation prepares for some significant health care reform changes? Will we see even more physicians drop Medicare and Medicaid? Will more physicians choose not to deal with insurance companies? Will cash-only become the new standard for outpatient medicine?

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