Originally Posted by kennyo7
I work for federal govt. The VA system, a system that is far superior to the private system you love and defend. So no i dont overcharge. The system I work for allows for direct negotiation with drug companies for their drugs (something that cuts costs dramatically, also something the drug companies dont like since they need to drive up costs so that their CEOs can continue to fly in their own private jets from their mansions to their weekend villas). The system I work for also has a good checks and balance system that reduces the need for unnecessary tests and procedures. We call it smart medicine supported by scientific data, fools like you call it rationing.
Most physicians do not overcharge. Dentists on the other hand...Your dentist will get reimbursed more for bridge work than a cardiologist will get for a cardiac cath despite the risks carried by each procedure. I guess thats why he can afford to give out free tickets.
The VA is a joke. Have a friend - retired admiral - he pays privte rather than use the VA. Long wait. Weak talent. Sorry, that's the way it is.
My dentist? Most people don't have dental insurance. Only 10% of my dentist's do. Civil service types. Wow, that's a surprise. More government employees on the glide. I guess I should figured you're a government employee. No pressure, no responsibility, easy money. You kill a patient - no problem, it's the government. No insurance payments by you. Tort reform? Nah.
Hey, it's Dire Strights again. "Money for nothing". Civil service forever!! Educated, yes. responsibilty, no.