Thursday, January 19, 2012

MVNHS© Docs: Strike One!

The so-called Doc-Fix is (once again) on hiatus; Congress keeps kicking this particular can down the road, in a (no doubt futile) attempt to make it go away all by itself. But as we continue hurtling toward full implementation of ObamneyCare©, it's worth noting that the system upon which it's modeled seems to be hitting a breaking point.

To wit:

"The British Medical Association ... said two thirds of its members support industrial action which could cripple hospitals and GP surgeries throughout the country."

That amounts to about 87,000 docs and med students.

The "industrial action" to which the BMA is referring is a threatened strike by doctors over planned cuts to their pension plans. It seems that the Much Vaunted National Health System© isn't any better (and is, in fact, arguably worse) at reining in costs than their former colonists.

By the way, the Telegraph claims that the average value of a doc's pension is over $2.6 million.

Not too shabby.

But I'm sure that has no effect on the budget shortfalls.
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