RE: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Subject: RE: Exempt status for Tech Writers
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Ned Bedinger" <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:24:01 -0500



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inc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Ned Bedinger
> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:38 AM
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> Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
>
> Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> > It is unlikely that your doctor and lawyer are
> > being paid by the hour if they are employees
> > or partners in a practice; they just bill you that
> > way.
>
> Not sure what your angle is, but a doctor's fee structure is
> time-driven
> like a lawyer's or anybody else's when their professional
> life is their
> business. The number of patients a doctor sees in a day is
> predictable
> (it is normal over time), and the amount of money they need
> to bring in
> is known or predictable. They spread one across the other to
> determine
> how much revenue each 15-minute time slot has to generate.
> You're paying
> them for their time, even when the bill is for an exam.

You go to a doctor who has no overhead?

Most of us (even here in Canada, with socialized medicine - where the
government takes our health-care dollars, then pays a portion to the
providers) are paying the practice or the clinic.
The practice or clinic then pays the doctor, the receptionist(s) the
nurse(s)/assistant(s), the contracted services that they employ (not
limited to cleaning services, accountants, bookkeepers,
billing/collection services, lawyers, and on and on).

So, for the rest of us, the business is billing us on whatever model it
chooses (or the goobermint chooses for it) to operate. We don't get to
see, directly, how the actual doctor is compensated.

Only some people in this list are working that kind of arrangement
(where they are running their own multi-person business and are either
the owner or a partner). The rest are

- Kevin
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References:
Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Downing, David
Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers: From: Ned Bedinger

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