Re: Specialty sections: Mirroring medicine in the 21st century. Lynch-Staunton replies

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 57 , No. 3 , April 2015 , Pages 100 Letters

Thank you, Dr Masterson, for your comment about the statement from my article: “Physicians’ fees have changed in the last half century too. The fee to perform an appendectomy for a perforated appendix was $150 in 1957, while today’s fee is $495.”

My point was to show that physicians’ fees have changed since 1957—not necessarily for better, worse, or indexed to inflation. In fact, if a $150 fee in 1957 were indexed to inflation, the fee would have been $495 in 1981! Your point is well taken.
—Gabrielle Lynch-Staunton, BFA, BEd

Gabrielle Lynch-Staunton, BFA, BEd. Re: Specialty sections: Mirroring medicine in the 21st century. Lynch-Staunton replies. BCMJ, Vol. 57, No. 3, April, 2015, Page(s) 100 - Letters.



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