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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What happens when physicians leave?

The Governor of Mississippi understands this simple fact: doctors are good for the economy. In his state, according to a KevinMD link, each doctor brings in about 20 jobs to a local economy. I don't know if that is or is not accurate, but in my community in Suffolk County Long Island, I believe that there'd be a ripple effect that would look like this after a physician exodus.

  • Tough times for accountants
  • Loss of revenue for restaurants
  • Decrease big-screen TV sales, among other consumer items
  • The demise of the local tennis industry
  • A fall in house values
  • Decline in school funding
  • Displacement of at least 4 workers for every doctor who leaves
  • Hospital closures
  • Layoffs in law firms, both plaintiff and defense
  • Layoffs in all medically related sales forces
On the economic scale, we are below the the high end technology sector and are above retail. We add jobs to a local economy and give people economic opportunities that would be otherwise unattainable.

Our political leaders must wake up and see it for how it is. It really is that simple.
You can't kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

Thanks,
The IU.