Does your diabetes team charge you to fill out forms for school or driver's licenses?
Yes, if we don't fill everything out for them
Not yet, but they plan to
I don't know
Total votes: 306
Does your diabetes team charge you to fill out forms for school or driver's licenses?Poll dates: October 1 - 8, 2008
Total Votes: 306
Many pediatric endocrinologists are under enormous financial pressure. They are faced with increasing patient loads and decreasing reimbursements. Faced with this financial pressure, there is a shortage of pediatric endocrinologists in the US.
We have heard of some practices that charge patients for filling out paperwork such as school forms and driver's license documentation, so we thought we'd ask our readers about their experiences. Based on this poll, a small number -- 6% -- routinely charge for this work. Many readers don't know, perhaps because they have not yet had to ask for this service.
For more information about the shortage of pediatric endocrinologists, see:
- Help Wanted: Pediatric Endocrinologists; Funding Will Help Train Researchers in Childhood Diabetes
- Video Teleconferencing Extends Scarce Pediatric Diabetes Specialist Care
- A Model to Determine Workforce Needs for Endocrinologists in the United States Until 2020
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Last Updated: Wednesday October 08, 2008 13:38:06
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