Originally Posted by MaxillofacialMN
I'm not sure if this is directed at me or not, but isn't "Today's Podiatrist" put on by the APMA? How can they report that ~60% make over 120k in their literature only to say in another publication that 9% make more?
The Today's Podiatrist survey was from 2008, so it is somewhat dated, but I don't think 51% of the profession would have fallen so severely... would it?
My post was directed to the good fellow directly after you.
The stats from APMA news were specifically regarding first year
associates, and from what I've seen through shadowing and talking with practicing podiatrists, I have to assume that 75k median/mean is after taxes, and that it also would increase substantially with time.
Don't many associates make a percentage of what they bring in? I don't know how the real world of podiatry works, but wouldn't increasing clientele subsequently increase their income? This isn't me trying to say how it works, simply posing a question for people practicing, or those with more info on the subject than I.
To the OP, regarding socialized medicine.
Number 1 - Let's just pray for the sake of getting back just a teeny bit of the freedoms stolen in the past few decades that they'll strike down this horrendous bill, and that private innovations can lead to cheaper and more accessible medicine. You can't expect everyone to have access to the best car (any more than you can expect everyone to have access to a Ferrari), but with individual motivations to see a niche and fill it, it's possible to better care for the lower socioeconomic classes. There /do/, however, need to be some changes in financial responsibility if that's ever going to happen (ie, probably not...)
Number 2 - Don't take insurance? There will always be those willing to pay to get faster treatment, so just having a system without a middle man would decrease your available clients, but increase their "quality", so to speak. If the government decides to mandate that physicians take government insurance, I would have to think they would additionally pay for all schooling, and "forgive" (cause they're so sweet) government-derived student loans. Maybe not, and they'll screw over doctors everywhere, but it's a dangerous thing to piss off a lobbying power that big, and I also don't think (with this mentality that jobs must always be created, never destroyed) that they would throw several thousand practicing podiatrists out with no possibility of a job.
Either way, if the system becomes increasingly dependent on government involvement, I'll be leaving. I have a plan, and you can all join me in my utopia.