Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Brain drain

Was visiting with a friend today that is an M.D. A neurologist to be specific.

Had my 7 year old daughter with me. He asked her what she was going to do when she grew up. She said "Maybe a doctor. Maybe a veteranarian."

Without missing a beat he said, "Be a vet. You'll make more money and won't have the government telling you how to run your practice."

I asked what he meant. He said if he had it to do over again, he wouldn't be a medical doctor. He said the hassles of insurance, Medicare, workers compensation claims, and ever increasing government rules make it a bad business.

This astounded me. I have always thought of this guy as being on top of the world.

He explained that the government has no problem adding work, forms, etc. to his practice that waste time, add cost and at the same time, refusing to allow him to cover those increased costs with increases in his fees.

This guy actually understands how brains work. And his brain is saying treat dogs and cats. Yikes.

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