dc.contributor.advisor Neilson, Bill dc.contributor.author Blythe, Jacob dc.contributor.other Baylor University. en_US dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-20T17:45:21Z dc.date.available 2015-05-20T17:45:21Z dc.date.copyright 2015 dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/9284 dc.description.abstract In recent decades, significant attention has been devoted to healthcare reform in order to ameliorate the “healthcare crisis.” Comparatively little attention has been given to the unique set of historical circumstances that enthroned the United States as the number one healthcare spender in the world. Currently, the United States spends almost 3 trillion dollars a year on healthcare (roughly 17-18% of the GDP). Physicians in the US are the most highly compensated in the world; a specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon makes almost $440,000 per year. A primary care physician might make a more modest$185,000 per year. This thesis chose to focus on the constellation of factors that influenced the genesis of these incredible incomes. It is not necessarily obvious that physicians should be compensated this highly. Physicians around the world make far less, and many nations outperform the US in numerous healthcare outcomes. Interrogating the assumption that physicians should be compensated to this degree ended up leading to several key factors that shaped physician compensation: (1) the assumption that the elimination of suffering is an inherent moral good, (2) the influence that technologies such as the telephone and automobile had on physician practice, (3) the effect of urbanization on family relations, (4) a series of perverse incentives disguised or amplified by insurance, (5) the power of the AMA in shaping policy, (6) the ability of physicians to induce demand, (7) authority as a mode of control, and (8) the power of “sticky fees.” en_US dc.rights Baylor University projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact libraryquestions@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission. en_US dc.subject Physicians en_US dc.subject Medicine en_US dc.subject Cartesian Body en_US dc.subject Insurance en_US dc.subject Healthcare en_US dc.subject United States Healthcare en_US dc.subject Physician Compensation en_US dc.subject Suffering en_US dc.subject Medicalization en_US dc.title Physician Compensation: The American Struggle en_US dc.type Thesis en_US dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US dc.contributor.department University Scholars. en_US dc.contributor.schools Honors College. en_US
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