Urology Times reached out to three urologists (selected randomly) and asked them each the following question: How have your benefits changed over the past several years?
"We’ve had changes in the past year, basically because we were a smaller, single-specialty group, and we joined a larger, multispecialty group last January. As a small group, we had little leverage for negotiating things like health care for the five physicians in our group and staff of 30.
Becoming a member of the larger group has given us more bargaining power in the health care marketplace, so we’ve been able to get better health care, not only for us but for our staff. It’s given us better 401(k)s for retirement and better vacation because we have more support. We don’t come back to work just to have to work harder to pay for the overhead that continued to accumulate while we were gone. Instead of paying for continuing medical education out of my own pocket, it now comes out of the group’s budget.
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I was in the single-specialty group for 12 years, and it’s not that we couldn’t adjust things to increase benefits, but we were doing it from a very small pool. Now we’re working with a bigger pool.
That was a huge part of the benefit of joining a large, multispecialty group.”
Meredith Baker, MD / Bend, OR