Paul Romano: Baltimore’s gain is Summit’s big loss

Paul Romano
Summit County

This county will suffer a tragic loss with the practice closure of Marc Shiffman, M.D. Dr. Shiffman doesn’t want to close his practice. He is being forced out by our federal government, over-regulation plus strangulation of medical doctors – regardless of your party preference. Most physicians have to hire a person to deal with all the paperwork related to a single patient visit in order to receive, months after the claim, perhaps, 1 to 5 cents on the dollar in payments.

Dr. Shiffman is a well educated, kind and caring physician. He will be sorely missed in this county.

The winner in this situation is The Johns Hopkins Medical School where Dr. Shiffman is going (back) to teach students. We can only hope that one of his students will choose to come to Summit County and take his place. Cross your fingers but don’t hold your breath; the private practice of medicine is dangerously close to being literally outlawed. Government can destroy anything with over-regulation.

Thanks to Dr. Shiffman for all you have done for me and this community. You will be missed.

We wish you all the best in Baltimore.

FYI: It takes a physician 12-15 years after four years of college, and a huge financial investment, to become licensed to practice medicine, plus (at the time of Dr. Shiffman’s training) two years of compulsory military service (not a requirement now).

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