Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Baxter Academy, a charter school located on York Street in Portland, is scheduled to open Sept. 4.
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Medical charges, physician pay should be made uniform
Why are doctor and hospital charges so different in the same community, in the same state, in the same city, in the same region, urban or rural?
The reason is the U.S. government does not have the power to set them at a fair rate.
But the near universality of electronic medical records may now make it possible. The U.S. government is giving physicians money to buy these systems.
Every M.D., D.O. and dentist has a Medicare number and can be identified. They can be identified by their specialty and by their "college" such as surgery, medicine, etc.
The Internal Revenue Service knows how much each doctor charges annually, and each hospital for each operation. Each hospital knows its own charges, and they are known by the federal government.
All physicians, doctors and dentists should be salaried.
If all hospitals and doctors were paid their fair share, most of them should be happy. If not, they might not think they deserve it. Let their colleagues decide.
Reader unhappy with ban on beach metal detectors
Lost your wedding ring or car keys at Willard Beach lately?
Too bad. Now they belong to the city of South Portland, under whose directive visitors cannot use metal detectors on the beach.
Our fine staff of lifeguards has better things to do than ruin any person's visit to the beach in this way. And mine, as it is painful to see these nice people enjoying their hobby, only to be chased off the beach.