Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fun Friday Info

Shocking Stats
60% of doctors don't follow hand-washing guidelines.
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

96% of doctors agree they should report impaired or incompetent colleagues or those who make serious mistakes, but ...

46% of them admit to having turned a blind eye at least once.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine

94% of doctors have accepted some kind of freebie from a drug company.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine

44% of doctors admit they're overweight.
Source: Nutrition & Food Science; Minnesota Medicine

58% would give adolescents contraceptives without parental consent.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Anatomy of a Doctor's Bill

Just how much of the $100 your doctor charges for taking 30 minutes to investigate your stomach pain goes into his pocket? After paying the bills, he gets less than half. The breakdown, according to Robert Lowes, senior editor at Medical Economics:

$3.50 for malpractice insurance

$3.50 for equipment, repairs, and maintenance

$6 for supplies, including gowns, tongue depressors, and copy paper

$7 for rent and utilities

$11 for office expenses, such as telephones, accounting fees, advertising, medical journals, licenses, and taxes

$28 for secretary, office manager, and medical assistant salaries and benefits

$41 Amount that goes into the doctor's paycheck

Over the course of a year, that adds up to $155,000, the annual salary of the average family physician. That number rose just 3.3% between 2002 and 2006, while expenses increased nearly 25% over the same period.
From Reader's Digest - July 2008


ERP said...

Interesting Stats. I am surprised only 58% would give contraceptives to adolescents without parental consent. I would have thought more would.

Anonymous said...

Why don't doctors wash their hands when they know how importnat it is, and the easiest way to decrease spreading germs when touching patients?

Do they turn a "blind eye" and not report "impaired or imcompetent colleagues making serious mistakes" because they are afraid of getting sued?

Anonymous said...

They left off the largest percentage of that $100 bill. That is the $30-$40 contractual deduction so of that $100 only $60 is ever received and THEN you take off all the other stuff listed. Of course those aren't particualarly accurate either.

Linda Cole Leighton said...

Fascinating! said...

Well, I do not actually imagine it may work.

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