Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers

Subject: Re: Exempt status for Tech Writers
From: Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:03:16 -0800

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
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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
>> 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.

Kevin, if I could have listed all the cost categories a doctor would
include in the revenue requirement calculation, I would have, and you
are right to have enquired, because I did try.

But I finally admitted to myself that it would only hurt my cause to
continue. You know how I am loathe to forego an opportunity to inspire
others by demonstrating my elite skills as a know-it-all. But it was
late, I was tired, and the list was still inexhaustive.

So rather than paging my diffuse network of 24x7 know-it-alls, and
together assembling the definitive list of all costs of doing business
as a doctor, I decided to fold that tent and steal away into the
shIfting sands of more important things that know-it-alls do with their

Speaking of which, I don't know why anyone is still reading this thread,
as I have already posted everything that needed to be said on the subject.

That's all, and thanks for asking.

Ned Bedinger
doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com

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