Regarding the article "Most providers get on-call compensation: survey":
I have served in a community hospital in McAllen, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexican border for about 10 years as an ophthalmologist. On many occasions, my colleagues and I have treated, operated on, provided post-emergency room care and post-surgical care for both local and Mexican patients who have been uninsured. The services have never been paid for by the patient or by the hospital. Some of us have faced litigation arising from the servicesfortunately being dismissed after review or trial in most cases. It has been an utterly thankless effort. I believe that it is essential that hospitals should pay the covering doctors a pre-negotiated on-call rate for the privilege of having the service.
Imtiaz MehkriMcAllen, Texas