Administrators Get Paid More

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So not only are there more administrators than doctors but it turns out they get paid more too. “The base pay of insurance executives, hospital executives and even hospital administrators often far outstrips doctors’ salaries, according to an analysis performed for The New York Times“.  When someone asks you what is wrong with our healthcare system you can start by pointing this out.  Personally, I want to puke.

C.E.O. of health/disability insurance firms
$583,700
Hospital C.E.O.
$386,000
Hospital administrator
$236,800
General physician
$185,000
Family-practice physician
$165,300
Physical therapist
$78,100
Audiologist
$72,600
Staff nurse
$61,900
Emergency medical technician

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] 

  4 comments for “Administrators Get Paid More

  1. Steven Gilles
    June 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I agree, Doug.

    I’ve frequently asked the question, “If my salary is based on quality/patient satisfaction measures, why are our executives salaries not based on provider’s satisfaction/ability to practice medicine/support?”

    I haven’t really received an answer…

    Steven Gilles, PA-C

  2. tad hominem
    May 25, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Hey, John – I know it sucks to be a doc, especially a PC doc, BUT . . . I doubt that the insurance carriers and others gleefully paid out $13 mil without SOME SERIOUS evidence of liability and serious damages. I would NOT have voted for him BUT $13 mil does not get paid out until years of “discovery”, most of it dragged from the hospital’s hands and kicking and screaming attorneys. He may be a moral douchebag but I doubt he had to chase the ambulance here. someone came looking for his firm with a good claim.

  3. Bill Ameen
    May 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    These figures are right on and a national disgrace. The teaching hospital closest to us (we’re owned by another one) just laid off another few hundred after 900 last year. The CEO, surprisingly a doctor, makes >$2,300,000 including his perks like country club membership. He should be ashamed to show his face in public except, of course, at the country club! (Our owner is laying off quite a few too but of course none at the upper echelon. Seems like a MBA is a magic shield.)

  4. John Stewart, MD
    May 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Speaking of non-docs making a lot of cash, did you notice this week that our old buddy John Edwards is back at what he does best-suing doctors. Thirteen million dollar settlement.
    Maybe he can afford another love child with a cinematographer while he runs for president.
    World’s richest ambulance chaser, and to think he aspired to be the leader of the free world.

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