Lecture 13, Mar 24

Lecture 13, Mar 24 - Lecture 13 March 24, 2008 I. Public...

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Lecture 13 March 24, 2008 I. Public gives physicians a “labor market shelter” (670,000, now reduce # of physicians) a. In return for assumed high quality care, docs are given a monopoly over medicine b. Docs are not “held accountable” for the results of their work i. Not held accountable for medical mistakes: malpractice ii. Pro medicine: most docs believe we are a social contract, licensed monopoly, authority to regulate selves, play role in care iii. Against: overblown rep about life and death II. A social profile a. Physicians tend to be urban, white, male, upper-middle class i. But it is changing: equal on gender, similar to US population b. High status: 2 nd highest in prestige (highest is supreme ct. justice); because med students comes from high status families c. High income i. Average salary for docs 1. Data from NY times 3/19/08 a. Note: physicians have expenses like malpractice insurance, staff and office expenses that are not reflected in these data b. Oncology: 487,000
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