Some non-physicians think physicians are overpaid. This physician disagrees, but does think that a number of specialties are way overpaid (I'm looking at you radiology, dermatology and some others--you know who you are).
After walking through a university parking lot while on a visit recently, I had these thoughts:
1. If you are in a highly paid specialty, there is no need to drive to work in a late model Ferrari. This is in bad taste in a time of great concern about health care costs.
2. Even if you feel that you need that Ferrari and need to drive it to work, you do not necessarily need vanity license plates that announce you paid for the vehicle by billing for your grossly over-compensated medical service.
3. All of the above is doubly true if you work for an academic medical center.