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    What does poll Commissioner Andres Bautista and his brother Martin share in common?

    Thinking Pinoy, one of the most popular local news blogs in the Philippines, recently published in its Facebook page, another expository post. The said post revolves around Martin Bautista, brother of the controversial COMELEC Commissioner Andres Bautista. Thinking Pinoy had scrutinized Martin Bautista’s medical business implying that like his brother Andy, Martin is also involved in a questionable wealth acquisition activities.

    According to RJ Nieto, the man behind the Thinking Pinoy Blog, Martin Bautista’s statement regarding his “big-time” medical clinic business in Oklahoma is somewhat inked with controversy. Martin had claimed that his multi-dollar earning clinic is caused by an immense number of patients visiting his medical firm with an average of 150 patients each day. That, according to Nieto is highly questionable.

    Providing basic mathematical calculations to support his assumption, Nieto implied that there is indeed something wrong with Martin Bautista’s claims regarding his medical business. Nieto further cited the US’ HMO Act of 1973 as an evidence to refute his claim as to why many patients, especially Hispanic employees, flock to his medical clinic.

    To further understand Nieto’s stance and exposition, read the full post below:


    In his interview with bloggers, Martin Bautista said his clinic treats 150 patients a day on the average (his clinic has four doctors) . He also said that on one year, his hospital recorded $6.5 million in income after expenses. His hospital is open Mondays through Fridays and closed on weekends.

    A 5-day work week translates to approximately 21.75 work days in a month, further translating to 261 work days per year.

    150 patients a day translates to 39,150 patients per year, or over 3 times the 12000 population of Guymon, Oklahoma.

    Thus, his clinic's annual income, divided by the total number of patients, equals $166 per patient.Now, modestly assuming a tax rate of 20% and operating costs of 30%, a patient would have shelled out 166/(0.2+0.3)=332 per visit.

    Let's set that aside for now.

    Martin argues that they get so many patients because there's a nearby factory whose workers are mostly Hispanic and they're the only clinic that speaks Spanish.

    Now, the US HMO Act of 1973 requires business with 25 or more employees to get an HMO provider. Surely that factory must have HMO for its Hispanic employees in compliance with law.

    That is, if their Hispanic employee get sick, that person can have an HMO to lean on.

    However, Martin said his clinic is not HMO-accredited. No Medicaid or Medicare (US version of Philhealth) either.

    Thus, for the entire alibi to make sense, the Hispanic clients he's referring to must be undocumented migrants, as I don't see why someone who earns factory wages would ditch HMO coverage just because the doctor speaks Spanish.

    Hence the $322-or-so cost per visit must be shouldered fully by the patient.

    Note that The Specialty Clinics of St. Anne is an outpatient facility, so no major procedures are performed there.

    Now, an average hospital visit in Oklahoma is just $79, making Martin's clinic one of the more higher end clinics in the state.

    Now, tell me how blue collar workers, who can't speak English well and are most likely undocumented, would be willing to pay four times as much for a visit to the doctor?

    Worse, assuming that they're documented and are on a co-pay setup, which would make an average Oklahoma doctor's visit around 40$, why would they be willing to pay around eight times more?

    There are six other hospitals in Guymon, a city where over 50% are of Hispanic origin.

    Nobody really speaks Spanish in any of them?

    LORRRD!” Thinking Pinoy ended.

    Source: Thinking Pinoy

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