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Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo



A magazine spread featuring a California hospital's physicians and their sports cars is causing a kerfuffle among some hospital leaders who have Medicare reimbursements—and sustainable growth rate formula cuts—on their minds.



9 comments on "Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo"
Maria Hannegan (11/5/2010 at 7:13 PM)

I don't like the way the article portrays doctors who have the ability to buy sports cars. Dr. Pedram Salimpur went through many years of schooling and has always been a great doctor to my daughter. He is attentive, kind, and deserves to spend his hard earned money on whatever he chooses. He always takes personnel interest and personally follows up on her progress and well being no matter what time of day.
stacy (11/5/2010 at 2:29 PM)

Why should this reporter or any other person care what hobbies another person has or how someone spends their money. The Porsche articel was a fun article. It seems as if the article from the San Diego reporter was written in an attempt to stir up controversy where none exists. I guess the hobbies a few docotrs might have are more improtant than the flooding in Haiti or the elections that just passed. I would like to know in these difficult economic times who is allowed to have a nice car, go on vacation, go to the movies, or out to eat? Is it just doctors who should do none of the above? I guess when I am in the hospital today doing my 36 hour shift caring for patients, I can only think that the reporter who wrote this article has had a nice meal, has the luxury of being at home spending time with her family, and sleepign in her own comfortable bed.
Michael Murphy (11/5/2010 at 2:19 PM)

Why are all the negative comments just against Mazer? That guy is a backstabber and an idiot because he is a dr at the same hospital and is going on record against his colleagues. But Stewart Frank is just as much of a moron. Why would you be so stupid as to talk to a reporter about fellow doctors like this? have you no integrity at all?
Tracey (11/5/2010 at 12:05 PM)

There is no correlation between what a doctor drives and the pending Medicare cuts. Let them spend their hard earned money anyway they want. I have a hard time believing this is the most important thing Cheryl had to write about regarding healthcare.
carlos kelvin (11/5/2010 at 12:04 PM)

I see nothing wrong with doctors that are top in their field whom$ have spent countless hours studying to help and many cases save peoples lives. Is it such a crime or surprise that these doctors choose to drive a Porshe. If this gives them pleasure it is an innocent and enjoyable adult toy. I believe jealousy and envy are the key motivations for the criticism after all the article is only circulated to those whom drive Porches. Dr Maser and the other dodctor in this article criticizing fellow doctors should be shamed for criticizing fellow peers in this manner. Very petty let's get back to business of saving lives doctors .
john meyers (11/5/2010 at 12:02 PM)

It is a symptom of the silliness of our politics that a marketing gimmick that playfully tied the 911 emergency number to 911 cars could raise the hackles of dour physician leaders who apparently believe that driving a Toyota is an outward manifestation of virtue and that Porsche is a scarlet number. I previously thought the principal difference between the two automobiles involved intended vs. unintended acceleration. Little did I know that Medicare reimbursement turns on what 10 out of 440 Alvarado physicians drive. The unctuous physician voices in your article seem more concerned about appearance, politics, and economic interest than health care. Mercy's apparent policy of banning car talk (although we wager a less hypocritical guess that there are some underground Porschephiles, even there) is less likely to improve medical care than the camaraderie of 10 of 440 Alvarado physicians whose shared enthusiasms probably make for cooperative working conditions.
David (11/5/2010 at 10:22 AM)

They were just having fun.
James (11/5/2010 at 10:18 AM)

That Mazer and the other doctor are SNAKES man. can't believe they would talk that way about their own coleagues. These guys did nothing wrong. they were having fun. How does Mazer spend his money??? should we check?
Reid (11/4/2010 at 3:12 PM)

Oh, PLLEEEAASSE!!!! Stop with the whining! Every one of us can choose how to spend our own money!! Whether it's a nice house, a trip to Europe or Hawaii, a golfing or scuba diving hobby, having a large family with several children, collecting antiques, motorcycles, jet skis or snow mobiles. These can all cost as much, or more than a Porsche 911. The article was done in fun. Mind your own business! (And be thankful they didn't do a nude calendar!)