Orthopedic surgeons quit after Kansas hospital refused to pay for on-call work

From Becker’s:

Four orthopedic surgeons terminated privileges at Salina (Kan.) Regional Health Center after it denied their request to be paid $1,800 a day for on-call services, according to a local news report from KWCH.

The surgeons said they felt the request was reasonable because trauma centers across the country are paying for on-call care, according to the report.

Salina Regional Health Center told KWCH on-call pay is rare for a community of its size. Salina has a population of roughly 47,700 as of the 2010 census. The hospital said it would cost an additional $500,000 annually just to pay on-call fees to the surgeons, according to the report.

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