Dr. Baker was quoted as saying that "these findings are indicative of the fears resonating among physicians nationwide." TSB could hear the conversation;
Spine surgeons have just told Dr. Baker that they are not going to participate in Medicare
Dr. Baker: That's great!
Spine Surgeons: Are you listenin'?
Dr. Baker: Yes!
Spine Surgeons: That's what we're gonna do!
Dr. Baker: What can I do for you?
Spine Surgeons: It's very personal. Hell, it's our motto. Are you ready Ray?
Dr. Baker: I'm ready.
Spine Surgeons: We want to make sure you're ready Ray. Here it is: Show me the money. Oh-ho-ho. SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! A-ha-ha Ray, doesn't it make you feel good to hear us say that! Say it with us one time Ray.
Being a surgeon in today's healthcare environment must be stressful. First there is an assault by the DOJ on their abilities to act as consultants, then, there is a contingent that are complaining that the reps are making too much money, of course the CEO's are truly underpaid, then, they want to own distributorships because by doing so they will drive down the cost of healthcare, and now in all likelihood the potential exists that they will be paid less for providing medical care for medicare patients. Maybe its time to stop worrying about everyone else and just focus on the task at hand. So what's the alternative? Some speculate that there will be an early exodus by some very talented surgeons because of what transpired today. If that's the case, TSB must ask the proverbial question; What are your going to do? Become a hedge fund manger? The government is putting in regulations on shorting. Go to work for Goldman Sachs? Maybe you can make millions packaging and selling sub-prime mortgages? Nope! Gold is the next thing. Open a laundromat? Become an artist? Become a salesrep? I mean snap out of it! Surgeons have one of the greatest and most noble professions that a person can have while at the same time earning a respectable living. And if you're not happy being a surgeon, then you were never intended to be one. So in the spirit of debate, maybe, just maybe, its time to hang up the spurs and ride off into the sunset, or move to Paris.
You know what TSB says; "I was a free man in Paris, I was unfettered and alive, there was nobody calling me up for favors and no ones future to decide. You know I'd go back there tomorrow but the work I've taken on stoking the star maker machinery behind the popular song."