Did You Get an 82% Raise?

I never got an 82% raise when I was employed by two different hospitals. Now that I own my own business I still haven’t got an 82% raise. But you know who has? In Michigan, Beaumont Health CEO John Fox’s compensation increased 82%, to more than $5.6 million, in 2017.

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The company’s profits last year totaled $142 million and a “long list” of other Beaumont executives saw significant increases and over $1 million in compensation for 2017, according to the release.

But what about the regular workers at the hospital:

The union says staffers aren’t able to provide the quality of personalized care when they feel constantly rushed. Many aren’t able to afford their own medical costs since their healthcare benefits are unaffordable and wages can be as low as $9.45 per hour.

Mike Graham, a certified nursing assistant in the Traumatic Brain Injury unit at Beaumont Hospital in Taylor, said he sometimes has to work 72 hours a week to put food on the table. The long hours take a toll on his ability to parent, he said. 

But the response by the hospital calmed everything down:

Leading an organization like Beaumont requires highly talented executive leadership. Like other organizations of our size and complexity, we must provide compensation and benefits that are reasonable and competitive with what employers in health care and other sectors provide.

That, my friends, is the scam of administrators. I have dealt with this before (long story). As they continue to give each other raises, they keep bringing up the “reasonable and competitive” rate for everyone else. It’s a glorious cycle that only benefits administrators. Hooray!! And the staff and patients keep getting screwed with nursing/patient ratios that are out of control and doctors who no longer have a say as they are bullied out of leadership roles.

This crap has to stop.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  6 comments for “Did You Get an 82% Raise?

  1. arthur gindin MD
    July 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    As long as the INCOMPTENTS (the Board) “rule the roost” the charade will continue. They use a VERY large board here.

  2. Diane Bergmann
    July 27, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Yes it does have to stop and it will when they are finished driving healthcare into the ground. I have watched the demise of healthcare, from the inside, for over 40 years. It has been extremely sad for the past 10 years. There is no surviving this free-fall. It has to collapse and be rebuilt.

  3. Jerry Bullard
    July 27, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I remember when I first started in medicine, it was fun, the best work on earth. then came the bureaucrats. WE had a small one hundred bed hospital. Then came all the administrators and sucked the life out of medicine.They did nothing to take care of patients only to create new jobs. A retired CRNA.

  4. Steve O'
    July 27, 2019 at 11:33 am

    At least Genghis Khan had the decency to sack and torch the villages without telling the soon-to-be-dead inhabitants, “well, Like other marauding hordes of our size and complexity, we provide only such looting and pillaging that are reasonable and competitive with what other nomadic barbarians exhibit. At least we’re not in the American Healthcare industry. “

  5. Dave
    July 27, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Fortunately, one can buy a lot of guilt therapy for that kind of change….

  6. PW
    July 27, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Nice. And Beaumont is now partnering with my wife’s hospital, which is recovering from a ER group exit, caused by the former CEO, who left with a $4 million parachute.

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