High drug prices can’t jus­tify doc pay­out lev­els in many cases

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the story “High drug prices skew­ing pay­outs to some physi­cians” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, April 10), those re­im­burse­ments can’t be ex­plained in many cases. Even if ev­ery drug were flow­ing through one doc­tor’s codes, which should not hap­pen, when we look up the size of a prac­tice we find the other doc­tors were also billing at alarm­ingly high rates. If we add up the billings for a whole prac­tice and com­pare to other prac­tices, the num­bers of­ten can’t be jus­ti­fied. Some­thing is pro­foundly sick when young people go bank­rupt hav­ing healthy ba­bies while old people are treated by doc­tors be­ing paid mil­lions a year by the govern­ment.

Michael Olenick

West Palm Beach, Fla.

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