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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Where NY State chooses to spend its money

I just finished having a nice conversation with a friend. His son is a criminal attorney fresh in private practice. His clients typically pay cash. What I found interesting was the following:

While this attorney is not a public defender, NY State will send him clients that need defense and pay him $200 per hour.

$200 per hour!

Now let's see how that compares to NY State's Medicaid reimbursement for physicians. I just treated a man with suspected Fournier's Gangrene, a life-threatening infection that requires many hours of intervention by multiple highly skilled and trained medical personnel. I spent 4 hours yesterday—in-total—working on this patient. I will be lucky if I get $100 in reimbursement from Medicaid.

So that is where NY State's priorities are.

The IU