Friday, April 13, 2012

80 Patients a Day?

Indiana Treasurer
Richard Mourdock
Richard Mourdock made a claim that stuck with me last night.

While railing against Obamacare, Mourdock said that in his health care system, doctors would be able to see 80 patients in a day.  Would you really want that system?

A doctor seeing 80 patients a day would be great for finding an appointment, but it would make the time with the doctor incredibly short.  I did some math, and 80 patients a day over an eight hour work day comes out to 10 patients per hour.  That's one patient every six minutes.

Let's say for the sake of argument that a doctor takes 30 minutes for lunch.  He or she also has travel time from room to room.  They need time for returning phone calls to patients as well as filing paperwork with the office...even if it's from a laptop computer.  By the time you figure all of that in, that 10 patients per hour is simply not possible unless the doctor is spending only a brief amount of time with his or her patients.

At the end of the day, isn't health care about quality for the patient?  It seems like Dick Mourdock is putting health care in the wrong direction.

For better or worse, President Obama's Healthcare Plan is designed for the patient.  Richard Mourdock's health care plan doesn't benefit anyone.  It overworks doctors and shortchanges patients.

Mourdock's plan isn't "Chickens for Checkups" or anything close to it, but it's clear that he didn't think about how that math might work.  I think he just pulled the number out of his rear and is using it on the trail.

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