How much should GPs get paid compared with, say, vets? They plainly get less - or so Dr Grumble thinks. Dr Grumble knows quite a few GPs and he has been in their homes. Mostly they are very modest. He knows where his vet lives (Mrs Grumble once had 22 pets to care for). He has not been in the vet's house. It's up a very long drive and there are big electric gates at the end. There's usually building work going on there - new swimming pools, that sort of thing. It's very grand.
Dr Grumble has only been to the vets' practice once. Mrs Grumble goes quite often. But once it was urgent so Dr Grumble had to go. As regular readers might know, Dr Grumble used to work for the military. Some years ago an ex-SAS man, hired to do some work in the former Yugoslavia, asked Dr Grumble to look after his dog while he was away. Now you might expect an SAS soldier to have a decent dog, something big, perhaps the sort of mutt a skinhead might have in tow. But no. This SAS man had a Norfolk terrier. And it had its own toothbrush!
today's Telegraph. Here's what he has to say:
Per patient, per year, I am paid approximately £50, regardless of how many times I see them. That's a year's unlimited cover. The cheapest policy I could find for pet insurance - for a hamster - was £65 a year, plus £50 excess. So your health care costs less than your pet rodent's. GPs are excellent value for money.
Mrs Grumble used to be a GP. The figure has gone up a lot since then. But it's still only a modest sum.
By the way the vets around here are doing so well they have bought a vineyard. You can read about this in Dr Grumble's first ever post [Well you can't any more. Several people identified Dr G from this naive start to the blog so it is now offline.]