Note to Orthopaedists-Thanks for coming out and admitting it. You want to control the physical therapy profession to make more money!

April 18, 2011

It’s the same old story.  A behavior that’s as old as mankind itself – greed and entitlement.  Two characteristics the POPTS doctors aren’t too ashamed to publicly admit either.

Consider this article – http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=82544

Here are some statements from it:

  • The game is changing; We have a revenue problem
  • The answer has to be to find a way to leverage what we do as orthopedists and develop lines of ancillary revenue that will enable our practices to not only survive, but to thrive and grow.
  • Remember that orthopedic-related health care accounts for 12% of all health care spending. One out of every $8 spent on health care is ordered by an orthopedic Surgeon.
  • Put another way, 20,000 practicing orthopedic surgeons control over $300 billion in spending in the United States.
  • To put this power into context, the gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States in 2011 is estimated to be $15 trillion – as orthopedic surgeons we will be responsible for 2% of the total GDP of the United States.
  • We simply need to learn how to leverage this power to help our practices.

Thank you for so factually painting yourselves in a light that physical therapists and many patients that have gone to POPTS clinics know is so true!

So, as so many have stated on the Ortho super site, it is about the money.  Thank you for coming clean…finally!   You all must feel so much better.  It must have been tough lying to the public for so long stating 1. it’s about the jobs, 2. the coordination of care, 3. it saves patients money,  4. the better quality of care.

But, coming out like you have, also begs a number of other questions:

  • Does that patient really need physical therapy, or is it for your wallet?
  • Does that patient really need an MRI or is it for your wallet?
  • How about that injection.  Is that for the good of the patient or your wallet?
  • Does that patient really need that surgery, or is it for your wallet?

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