August 15th, 2003 - Open Knowledge
Aug. 15th, 2003
12:47 am - CLAWBACK, AMERICAN STYLE
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Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.
A Voice for Private Physicians Since 1943
Omnia pro aegroto
Volume 59, No. 3 March 2003
CLAWBACK, AMERICAN STYLE
In grade school, we called it "Indian giving."
In Europe, the U.K., and outposts of the erstwhile British Empire, it is called a "clawback." When government promises more than it can deliver, or makes an error in calculation, it simply takes the largesse back from the beneficiaries, be they retirees, provincial taxpayers, recipients of the Australian Baby Bonus, or Atlantic fishermen. If there is excessive demand for their services, Canadian physicians are expected to work without pay. Ontario physicians can have thousands of dollars in fees clawed back for "not doing enough paperwork to justify billing"; if they appeal and lose, they must pay the cost of the audit and the appeal (Saturday Sun 11/16/02).
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