Docking debtor docs

John Taylor: May 04, 20070 Comments

Reimbursements for docs can be lousy, but two lawmakers are taking a different approach to docs and dollars. Sens. Carl Levin and Norm Coleman are introducing legislation that would withhold Medicare payments to MDs and other health providers who owe money to the IRS.

Seems a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (what used to be called the General Accounting Office) found that 21,000 docs and other care givers owed the feds $1.3 billion in income and payroll taxes for the first nine months of 2005. If the senators' bill had been law, the government could have collected $50 million to $140 million of what it was owed.

Blog-ender:  Thank goodness for Fridays, which allow people to dine at such fabulous restaurants as the one in Taipei, Taiwan, where the tables are shaped like hospital beds, the nurses wear clinical uniforms (and rabbit ears) and alcohol is infused into glasses via IV lines suspended from ceiling vats. Oh yes, and Reuters says the potties are labeled "emergency rooms."