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Warning: Medical Alert!!
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Tom A    Posted 09-03-2002 at 11:48:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
My friends, beware! I just saw these amazing statistics:

A. The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
B. Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year is 120,000.
C. Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171. (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)

On the other hand:

A. The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000.
B. The number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) is 1,500.
C. The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .0000188.

So statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets out of hand.

As a public health measure I withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear that the shock could cause people to seek medical attention.


WallSal55    Posted 09-03-2002 at 11:52:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I really am starting to agree with the doctor
threat. They need a cap on their rates, and
they need to get back to practicing properly
-- instead of seeing how many cattle they can
herd through their office in a day's time--OOPS,
I mean People! (well, at least that's how I
feel, it's all about the dough)


Les    Posted 09-03-2002 at 14:52:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Please don't buy into that "rate cap" foolishness. The biggest problem with doctors is lawyers and how they have proliferated in this country in my lifetime.
Anytime you cap anything, you only make matters worse in the long run.


bob    Posted 09-03-2002 at 11:59:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
what is bad is if you have medicare and a supplemental ins they can only get so much but if no ins you are hung out to dry. just opposite of what makes sense Now I know why people ccan,t pay bills


WallSal55 - Drs. are human they can make mistrakes!    Posted 09-03-2002 at 12:44:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry to say, but I have caught errors many times
during office visits. It pays to ask questions
and get second opinions if necessary!
One time, my son's office visit was so high
priced (for a cold), I asked if they did a blood test and throat culture. When the NP told me "No"
she said she was glad she caught the $15-$20 error. No wonder we are afraid of the whole system. Seems to be more confusion and chaos
lately, at least that's what I am experiencing.


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