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"If a portion of my compensation is based on patient satisfaction then to maximize my reimbursement I must provide to my patients everything they want. And if that means services they don't actually need, be it an antibiotic or x-ray, so be it. If I say no they are mad (unsatisfied) and it will cost me money. These are the rules of engagement the system has created and thus these are the engagement rules I will follow." Read more...
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