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why the drop in compensation

Discussion in 'Finance and Investment' started by wacky96, May 10, 2008.

  1. wacky96


    May 2, 2008
    I know this may seem like a basic question but its one I dont understand.

    Why is compensation dropping in practically every field? Is it the govt cutting reimbursements? What is the reason for this? Simply to reduce the costs of entitlements? Are there other factors driving this trend? Is there any hope the trend could reverse?
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  3. MOHS_01

    MOHS_01 audemus jura nostra defendere Physician 10+ Year Member

    Oct 2, 2005
    To control costs is the simplest answer, compounded by increasing operational expenses -- we are taking hits on both side of the equation. Medicare sets the pace with private insurers quick to follow. There is no relief on the horizon that I can see -- people talk about "political will", and there is absolutely no societal sentiment to increase physician pay / medical costs. I believe that it is only going to get worse -- there simply are not enough dollars in the system to cover the costs associated with the care of an aging, obese, whiny, needy baby boom population....
  4. DadofDr2B

    DadofDr2B Member 7+ Year Member

    May 20, 2004
    Please when arguing these points with outsiders point out that physicians make up 6% of the healthcare expense in the United States.
  5. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Expenses, equipment costs and liability insurance is going up at the same time as reimbursements from insurance companies are going down. Some physicians are dealing with this by working longer hours, but you can only do that with so many hours. The trend is unlikely to reverse in the near term.
  6. NonTradMed

    NonTradMed Perpetual Student 7+ Year Member

    The cost of medicine has increased. People who would have died 50 years ago can now go on 20 different medications and live for another 15 years. All this costs money. Doctors are squeezed for money because the cost of doing medicine has increased.

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