Insanity Reigns: I will not play the perverse game of government run medicine, so help me God.

krisheldmd

After reading this update from the American Academy of Ophthalmology on Medicare payment to surgeons, I am literally laughing at the insanity and perversion of government run medicine. It is a sick, sorrowful sort of laugh, one of disbelief and fear, of regret and despair.

Government is cutting payment to surgeons, because we have reduced the time it takes to perform even the most difficult, intricate, and tedious surgery. Think about that for a minute. The very best surgeons, who innovate and perfect their techniques, are paid less, because they are the most adept, efficient and skilled. It’s like government paying the best athletes the least, because it takes them less time to run the bases or the length of the field.

When I was a beginning surgeon, I was tentative, cautious, and slow. As an experienced surgeon, I am confident, skilled, and fast. When the operation takes a long…

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