In response to Matthew DoBias' "Enzi introduces bill to cover docs' charity care liability":
Interesting plan to encourage charity physician services by Sen. Enzi (R-Wyo.). But the article was a bit confusing on one point, namely the math on Florida's similar plan:
"The federal legislation is patterned after a Florida program, which typically costs about $900,000 per year but has returned more than $1 billion in charity care over 16 years and counts more than 20,000 physician volunteers."
It sounds like the Florida plan costs $900,000 per year, and returns about one-sixteenth of a billion dollars of care each year. Perhaps it should be "returned more than $1 billion in charity care per year over 16 years"? Even so, it sounds like Florida would get only a $100,000 advantage of charity care out of their program. Not too compelling, I would think, for legislators.
Greg Abrams, Esq.Physician/medical staff lawLaw Office of Gregory AbramsOakland, Calif. To submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown.