In a different situation, my understanding is that if someone has a heart problem, he goes to a cardiologist and he might send his patient to the IR to do the plumbing job. In our case it should be something similar, but instead of cardiologist we might need someone else.
Well, you send out your plumbing jobs, do you?
Interesting. I had no idea there was such a hierarchy among MDs. So in effect IRs only 'borrow' patients until they give them back to the Main Doc? Just for subcontracting stuff, right? And is there an accepted industry scale for this subcontract work?
That's the real problem, isn't it? If somebody can suddenly treat something that wasn't treatable before, you have a situation of uncontrolled market freedom and a whole lot of people who, until now, didn't make many headlines, as much as most surgeons, acting like capitalists. They are trying to actually make money off of something doctors often say they do without being able to deliver: relieving suffering. Because they can often deliver, the money is flowing. Some people don't like seeing that happen.
So let's call the plumber, before this thing overflows...
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
Patients sans/without patience