millepora

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I have found numerous sites that quote Ortho salaries, but I really have no idea what kind of hours these surgeons are working to make that kind of money.

I see numbers of 375-500k floating around.

I heard at times the average attending works 60 hours/week. Is that what kind of hours they work to make this kind of money?

Also, I don't fully understand how those hours break down.

Is it more like three 24 hour days on a call a week or five 12 hours shifts a week?
 

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I have found numerous sites that quote Ortho salaries, but I really have no idea what kind of hours these surgeons are working to make that kind of money.

I see numbers of 375-500k floating around.

I heard at times the average attending works 60 hours/week. Is that what kind of hours they work to make this kind of money?

Also, I don't fully understand how those hours break down.

Is it more like three 24 hour days on a call a week or five 12 hours shifts a week?
Salary estimations for physicians can be a little misleading. There is not really a standard work-week for the majority of physicians. I would note for many orthopods I have shadowed, many do work 60+ hour work weeks.

On another note: You can use the search function in the upper right corner of SDN to acquire more specifics about your inquiries -- your exact question has been asked numerous times before on this forum. Because of this, I would not be surprised if many are reluctant to answer your questions.
 

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Depends on private practice v academic. Depends on partner via en route to partner. Depends on your specialty training. Lots of depends.
 

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Depends on private practice v academic. Depends on partner via en route to partner. Depends on your specialty training. Lots of depends.
yep depends if they have residents and interns doing all the other work for them while they show up and do surgery. i know of a few guys that GROSS over 1 million. They break their backs working though because they want that money and lifestyle.

you can easily make 300 working 8-5 or 6 daily and getting a lunch break.... this is with CURRENT reimbursement. remember though, obamacare is coming to take over your paychecks. also remember that all his programs he putting in will ultimately have very high taxes in the future. keep all this in mind, things are changing bigtime in the future.
 

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you can easily make 300 working 8-5 or 6 daily and getting a lunch break.... this is with CURRENT reimbursement. remember though, obamacare is coming to take over your paychecks. also remember that all his programs he putting in will ultimately have very high taxes in the future. keep all this in mind, things are changing bigtime in the future.
On what do you base this claim?
 
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Isn't ortho a little less susceptible to health care reform?

They see a lot of younger middle class patients, and have a smaller share of Medicare and Medicaid patients (at least compared to something like Urology or GS).

When they invent crash-proof cars, orthos might take a hit.
 

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Isn't ortho a little less susceptible to health care reform?

They see a lot of younger middle class patients, and have a smaller share of Medicare and Medicaid patients (at least compared to something like Urology or GS).

When they invent crash-proof cars, orthos might take a hit.
true but who needs new hips.... who usually having spine surgeries.....
 

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Plenty of orthopods don't do joint replacements and spine. And the spine guys do a lot of elective surgery.
Spine sure, but I wouldn't say "plenty of orthopods don't do joint replacements."

Keep in mind that private insurance bases their reimbursements off medicare. So don't think that just becuase you see private patients doen't mean you don't get affected by cuts to medicare.