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dc.contributor.advisorNeilson, Bill
dc.contributor.authorBlythe, Jacob
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-20T17:45:21Z
dc.date.available2015-05-20T17:45:21Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/9284
dc.description.abstractIn 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
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dc.subjectPhysiciansen_US
dc.subjectMedicineen_US
dc.subjectCartesian Bodyen_US
dc.subjectInsuranceen_US
dc.subjectHealthcareen_US
dc.subjectUnited States Healthcareen_US
dc.subjectPhysician Compensationen_US
dc.subjectSufferingen_US
dc.subjectMedicalizationen_US
dc.titlePhysician Compensation: The American Struggleen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholar.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolshonors collegeen_US


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