Thursday, September 10, 2009


This weekend I want to tell you about a special tax on physicians and dentists and other health care providers. We like to think in Minnesota that we are pretty progressive, we have a special tax to help cover the uninsured, to help make sure everybody in Minnesota has health insurance.- Lots of people in Minnesota do not have health insurance though. It is not new, it has been around for a really long time, since the early 1990's. Most people in Minnesota do not know it exists. Most people in the United States do not know it exists. Lawyers do not have to pay it. Plumbers do not have to pay it. Teachers do not have to pay it. If you are a physician, but don't take care of patients, you don't have to pay it. If you are a physician and you derive income from taking care of patients, you must pay it. If you are a physician and you are salaried by a larger institution, your institution typically picks it up.

It does not exist in other States in the Union....................


karen said...

Interesting stuff . A little over my head but good info.

Joseph J. Sivak MD said...

I like your blog too. It is sincere, candid, courageous and heart-felt. Keep going.
The intent of my blog is never to be over your head or anyone elses. I tend to get a bit long-winded and very opinionated- One purpose of a blog I guess.
If something does not make sense or is not understandable, please, please just say, "Hey Joe, What the heck you talking about?" I will break it down in any way and explain so it makes sense, It does not matter if I say something in ten different ways, I want readers to understand.

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