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It's "simply" simplistic to compare the loss of autoworker jobs with the OB malpractice situation. You can't outsource obstetrical care to Japan (yet). You don't spend 12 years of post-secondary education becoming qualified to work the assembly line. If you screw up building a Chevy, generally nobody dies. Also, at the end of your shift building cars, you go home, and are highly unlikely to be paged in the wee hours to do an emergency auto assembly. I highly doubt any pregnant woman would agree with your statement that the OB profession is worth less than it was in past generations.
Originally posted by Susan Walker:
For some reason, I hear this from OBs all the time. I'm in admin and insurance.
I'm sure how to say this, but your profession is simply worth less than it was in past generations.
This happens to the best of us. My dad was an autoworker and those top dollar jobs are gone forever.
The average primary care is about 150K. I think OB is starting to come in line with those figures. This is still pretty good.
To those starting out -- patient safety should be number one. Don't let your nurses or midwives cover things you should. Don't send your patient into the hospital to be evaluated and wait at home to find out -- go in and meet them. If you can work on the hospitalist/laborist model that is best in the long run.
Why? As we all know, reimbursement is about the same no matter where you go. The expense of malpractice is the biggest variable in costs. Of course the difference is your salary. Don't try to see too many patients or especially cover too many locations to increase revenues. It will be counterproductive in the long run. One big settlement will raise your costs for life.