Raise your hand if you want to go to school for 15 years and then stand for 8 hours turning a stomach into a breast and get paid $500 per hour for your expertise? Are you familiar with microvascular anastomosis? Yeah, you gotta do that stuff too. Do you skeletonize vessels in your free time? I’m not even sure that term is relevant in this context, but it sounds cool though amiright?
UHC has MURDERED ? the DIEP Flap! ?
Enter the forces of darkness to slash reimbursement on a highly specialized breast reconstruction technique…because women with breast cancer need more cards stacked against them, obviously.
If you want to have the argument about how “doctors make too much” or “they work the system” and it is “their fault,” you are absolutely entitled to your right to be wrong. The reality here is, like it or not, this is the type of BS that fully limits a woman’s right to choose her reconstructive path by restricting the ability of plastic surgeons to actually survive in private practice offering breast reconstructive services. $500/hr is a lot you say? That’s gross (like in financial terminology). Net take home is 25-35% for most service businesses…so do the math…an oil change costs more! My dumb*ss makes more than that. Why are we squeezing specialized breast reconstruction techniques? Gimme one good reason. I’ll wait…
That’s what I thought. Any way you slice this…it is shite!
So…to all my micro/breast recon clients out there…say goodbye to 2K/hour and say hello to $500/hour.