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newtothegame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-29-10 04:12 PM
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68. I don't think an argument over semantics is a good use of our time, but ok, I'll play that game.
The term "reimbursement" is appropriate when we get money 90 days+ after providing services. This is common terminology in the medical field. We are not "paid" for anything we do. That would imply that there is an exchange of payment upon services rendered. That, however, is not the case.

We provide a service, at our cost, and the government "reimburses" us a fraction of that cost 2-3 mo. down the road. I'm accepting that fact because I won't walk away from our patients, but I will damn well stand up and shout that MEDICARE FOR ALL would be a disaster if all that means is a current expansion of the reimbursement system to every patient.

As for your other questions, you can read about our salaries in another post of mine above. We do not have an executive director, but a volunteer board who ultimately makes decisions for the center on behalf of the patients in our 30-county service area.

Yes, alot of vendors we work with probably make a profit. Yes, we probably waste. But the medicines we buy from those vendors are CRITICAL for our patients. The government bankrupting us will not make the medicines from the vendor any cheaper.

P.S. I am in favor of single-payer. But single-payer at 51% of costs or worse will close every clinic door in America. So instead of the MEDICARE FOR ALL cries on DU, how about SINGLE-PAYER WITH A WAY TO FUND IT!
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