I am a labor and delivery nurse, I like listening to podcasts, and I generally don’t like confrontation. But I can’t STAND it when people with no clue what it means to work in healthcare attack my profession.
Economist blogger Matt Bruenig was recently a guest on the Slate podcast The Gist. During his interview, Bruenig made comments about how simple it would be to lower the costs of U.S. healthcare by freezing and ultimately lowering reimbursement rates. “Simply by freezing those payments, because the economy is going to grow, it will shrink. Right? It’s relative size will shrink as a percentage of the economy.”
When I confronted him on Twitter about his misdirected and overly simplistic view point (I cited the fact that lowered reimbursement rates have not shrunk U.S. healthcare costs and are contributing to the collapse of rural medicine), he went on to say that U.S. healthcare is so expensive because nurses and doctors get paid too much. He also said that my opinion was irrelevant and biased because as a nurse making $42/hour I am benefiting from this uniquely expensive system.
Help! I really want to defend my profession from narrow-minded, jerk-face opinions like this!
Here is the original Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/SlateGist/status/704440355551387650
Thank you so much!
Laura, RN-C, BSN, mother of two, and U.S. healthcare consumer
First of all, I would like to know how much he makes spewing incorrect information about an industry he knows nothing about. Secondly, it is obvious he does not have an clue about the healthcare industry, so why bother to entertain his ignorance? Lastly, inform him the next time he needs a nurse or doctor, make sure he tells the clinician that he believes they make too much money.
There are always going to be people who just talk to hear themselves. Do not give him your attention, you have better things to do. If he is bothered by clinician’s salaries, then move to another country….smile…
Thank you! That is great advice. I shouldn’t have let him get under my skin so much! I was so appalled at his comments. Who says stuff like that? …..
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