What % of fee does a surgeon keep?

December 31, 2009 at 14:08:26
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I'm not looking for a list of items that a surgeon's fee has to cover (malpractice insurance, office staff, rent, supplies, etc. etc. etc.) I know the list is long and varied.

I'm just curious if there is a rule of thumb as to the percentage of a given fee that a surgeon actually pockets.

i.e. My daughter had her wisdom teeth taken out and the bill, with anesthesia, follow-ups, etc, came to $X,000.

I'm curious as to what percentage of $X,000 ended up on the surgeon's "paycheck".

Pre-tax is fine. :-)


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#1
December 31, 2009 at 15:22:54
A typical Surgeon in the United States receives 300K http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/...

Dentists can have their own practice or work in a general hospital, so the wage can be a bit varied
Some dentist surgery for patients is free (or close to free) This is because of "Pension" or "Insurance" or even certain countries
But the dentist still gets paid by the government or insurance benefit

Generally we don't question the surgeons wage, or even ambulance drivers
Do note that we all like Surgeons as they are highly qualified and generally keep us alive.


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January 1, 2010 at 00:30:07
I drove an ambulance for a time back in the 80's. That was all I did I had nothing at all to do with any treatment other than to make sure the van was kept stocked. I did not work for a hospital I worked for a service. This was before EMT's became so popular. Now in this area anyway even the driver is trained as an EMT. Anyway at the time I got less than $10 per hour, but, like I said I was not part of the medical treatment just a driver. Also at the time the average ambulance trip cost $450 not including any medications given or services provided by the medically trained personell that rode in the back. Apon reaching the hospital I would be required to gather a list of supplies used by the medical technician during the trip and present it to a member of the E/R staff. That person would either give me the supplies needed to restock or give me the keys and let me do it myself if they were busy. It always scared me when they did that. Here is some high school drop out making sure the things needed to save your life are on the van with no supervision at all.

It also depends on where this was done. If you took you daughter to a hospital to have this done and the work was performed by one of their doctors on staff then he gets paid by them a set salary not so much per patient. Some hospitals do or at least have been found to push or coax doctors into pushing certain meds and procedures. Some doctors get bonuses for pushing the right meds and such. They are almost salesmen.

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#3
January 1, 2010 at 01:33:01
I was getting way more money than that back in 1984 as an apprentice
I really can't believe that you were looked upon with such disregard (whatever your age at the time)

When I saw ambulances going past me I went way off the road to give them as much room as possible
The public thought you were important even if the hospital system (at the time) didn't

Maybe you should have stuck at it and gone to uni. I'm pretty positive those guys are well off these days (as they should be)


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January 1, 2010 at 14:36:44
Now they are all medically trained. Actually I was okay with the wage AI was getting as like I said I was not respnsible for treatment. As for the public in most cases they moved out of the way but like everything else you do find a few a-holes. I never felt I was being brushed aside at all I had excellent benifits in that job. When there was talk of them going to fuly trained personel I was offered the schooling for free by the company and would have gotten a very substantial increase in salary but, that just isn't for me. I don't have a problem with blood or anything it's that desperate look on the patients face begging me for help that tears at me. I just can't do it.

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#5
January 1, 2010 at 15:29:03
Yes I missed some big opportunities as well whilst being employed at certain areas
Oh well, I try to guide my kids but they don't want to be astronauts or fighter pilots, so we are down to standard jobs :)

If I went back I'd like to be one of those guys that tour the outback and have massive adventures. Not this 1s and 0s computer stuff :D


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