When I told my attending, he smiled and reminded me that the Ottawa rules were about cost-containment in Canada -- "and in our country, I can't afford not to get an X-ray."
I thought about that exchange when I read Cut-to-Cure tonight:
An older physician brought this up the other day during a discussion about liability premiums and declining reimbursement. It is a good, simple expression about the frustration many physicians feel:
"Why am I worth so little when I do my job right, and worth so much when I make a mistake?"
Damn. Something tells me I'm going to miss these care-free, evidence-based med student days. Especially if I'm ever an attending who's worth a lot.
Bard-Parker, by the way, has listed Lingual Nerve under "Group Therapy" on his blogroll. It really works, on several levels.