Why 99 percent of health care should be angry

Roy Poses | KevinMD.com | October 18, 2011

As Occupy Wall Street has gone from an obscure protest covered only on blogs and social media to a national phenomenon, the apparent parallels between the issues it is raising and the issues we have been raising in health care grows.

A growing number of protesters are calling themselves the ”99 Percenters,” referring to those who are not in the top 1% of earners. The top 1% of income is clearly greater than $250,000 per year, and likely around $380,000 a year.

In health care, nearly all who are paid more than $380,000 per year are either proceduralists (some medical sub-specialist physicians, and some surgeons, again mainly sub-specialist), or managers and executives of health care organizations...