“How Do We Save Money? I Know. Let’s Not Pay the Doctors!”

The above quote was made up. Or was it? I have heard stories, through my connections, for weeks now that doctors were being furloughed or even fired. This Boston Globe article just sealed the deal:

Emergency room doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been told some of their accrued pay is being held back. More than 1,100 Atrius Health physicians and staffers are facing reduced paychecks or unpaid furloughs, while pay raises for medical staff at South Shore Health, set for April, are being delayed.

Yes, you read that right. Those on the front lines are being docked.

“This is at a time when many of us have moved out to live like lepers separate from family to prevent spreading infection, and have already been working huge extra hours trying to scrape together [personal protective equipment] and otherwise brace for COVID-19,” said Dr. Matt Bivens, an ER doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.

Feel free to read the rest of the article. Don’t be fooled by “administralian speak” where they try to control the narrative. They will say things like “these are just bonuses” when in reality doctors work on a productivity commission when they are employed. This is their money.

Let’s just see if these hospitals get a bailout? And if they do will they pay these doctors back? They shouldn’t hold their breath.

You know, there was a time when doctors didn’t work for hospitals. It’s true. Just go back 30-40 years ago. DPC docs are jumped. EVERY OTHER doctor could jump. Now. That does not mean to abandon patients or our oath but this bullshit that the hospital administrators are playing is too much.

Where is their cut in pay?

#physicianrevolution

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