THAT 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS IN SAVINGS SURE DIDN'T LINE THE POCKETS OF THE MT!
Sir, that 1.8 million you saved on the expense of medical transcription I can tell you first hand did not line the pockets of the individual medical transcriptionist. It lined the pockets of the medical transcription service that the MT is now forced to work for since hospitals and clinics now outsource all dictation. I've been an MT since 1980 and have experienced all the changes in the MT field since that time. I honestly don't think physicians or medical facilities know (or even care for that matter) what really goes on down at the old medical transcription service. As we MTs now struggle to make minimum wage because somebody ???? decided we could edit dictation in half the time it takes to actually straight type it should only be worth half the amount. I make 0.04, that is 4 cents, per line on editing. So, when the VR makes a mess of the dictation and I'm spending time in a report cleaning up that mess, I'm making 4 cents a line. Multiply that by 150 lines (that is if I do a good job and send out a quality report) or I could edit 300 to 400 lines an hour and make more money and leave all the gramatical errors, not question medication doses, not look up the correct spelling of referring physician names, etc. I'd like to see a poll of physicians who would comment on the quality of reports they are receiving back from these MT services they outsource to. We are told to "leave it the way it is as much as possible" even to the point of not taking time to correct capitalizing, for example, department names, facility names, etc., because "it doesn't change the meaning of the report." No, it doesn't but in my opinion if I read a report chock full of gramatical errors, and punctuation errors, I'd wonder to myself if the dictation is this shabby maybe so is this doctor's medical practice. I'm just hoping to make it through to retirement before VR totally takes over and I'm out of job completely along with thousands and thousands of other dedictated older MTS who take their responsibility to the patient seriously.