foxtrot

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Looking to relocate and really like the area. Does anyone out there practice in or near the Austin area or know any reputable pain practices there?
 

Tenesma

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be ready to deal with a lot of competition, insider deals and the horrors of HMO care that has almost completely penetrated the Austin health market... some of the HMOs don't let you in on their pain panels, and those that do will often pay really, really poorly.... if you love austin, set up shop 30-45 minutes away and commute - and try to escape the HMO bubble
 

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be ready to deal with a lot of competition, insider deals and the horrors of HMO care that has almost completely penetrated the Austin health market... some of the HMOs don't let you in on their pain panels, and those that do will often pay really, really poorly.... if you love austin, set up shop 30-45 minutes away and commute - and try to escape the HMO bubble
you are right about that. when i looked there docs were basically hustling and stabbing each other in the backs for patients
 

Tenesma

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i seriously thought about Austin - my brother lives there and loves it... what a great town for so many different reasons (no state income tax, affordable gorgeous homes, great dining/night-life)... however, not only are you dealing with the private practice guys, but each of the hospitals a few years ago set up competing hospital based interventional pain programs.... so they are now competing over poorly reimbursed patients....

however, TEXAS is so huge, you could go to any town (outside of the metropolitan areas) and have a wonderful, well reimbursed practice (as long as that town has jobs)... the down side: you'd be in the middle of nowhere.
 

nctxil

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Join the club. Every specialist seems to want to move to Austin. There seems to be a perception that it is a hidden gem or untapped market. I suspect that it has as many or more pain docs per capita then any city in the country.
 

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Austin is a great town (went to UT for undergrad). The city has grown beyond it's infrastructure and now has terrible traffic. If you don't find what you like in Austin, take a look at Bastrop, Marble Falls, Georgetown, and San Marcos.
 
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foxtrot

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Wow, this is depressing. Thanks for the honest answers. I had a feeling this was the case. God, are there any good jobs out there that are not in BFE rural America? I am sick of living in rural America but it seems like that is the only place where there are descent jobs. Maybe I need to look at getting out of medicine all together. It is so frustrating to have gone through this much training and not get to be where you want to be.
 

Jcm800

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Wow, this is depressing. Thanks for the honest answers. I had a feeling this was the case. God, are there any good jobs out there that are not in BFE rural America? I am sick of living in rural America but it seems like that is the only place where there are descent jobs. Maybe I need to look at getting out of medicine all together. It is so frustrating to have gone through this much training and not get to be where you want to be.

Stay in BFE, but buy a condo in Vegas, or Scottsdale, or somewhere where the market is trashed, Chicago, somewhere. and do frequent weekends and small vacations with your millions...