To the man in the street, Martin Bautista claim that he owns a huge chunk of the bank deposits discovered by Tish Bautista estimated at $20 million is believable!
By his own account, he is a gastroenterologist who runs a successful medical clinic in Guyon, Oklahoma USA earning as high as $6.5 million in income after expenses.
But to RJ Nieto aka “Thinking Pinoy” and knowledgeable netizens, this is a tall tale, a figment of Martin Bautista’s imagination to rescue his brother from legal troubles after the discovery by his estranged wife of bank deposits that amounts to billions of pesos inconsistent with his SALN declaration.
Read “Thinking Pinoy’s” 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?
Even the social media agree with “Thinking Pinoy’s” assertion.
Dolores Balogo Tabalbag commented: “He is full of shit! Our doctors are making a lot of money but not like what he is making. The city where I live in, normally if you call for an appointment you will find out that 30 minutes yung max na visit time. At Kung wala kang insurance normally, the visit is 100$ yung charge. Pag may insurance normally co-pay is 25$ kapag specialist 30-35$. Lukohin mo mga tanga Bautista.”
Charlotte Pearl remarked: “Medicare fraud yan.. i can smell it from waaaayyyyy over here in Chicago.. why do i say that its fraud? I used to work for a home care agency here (which got involved in Medicare fraud). Even if a patient was already dead for a long time, they would still open up a chart on that patient and claim that nurses and physical therapists are still visiting that patient.. 1 patient = $$$.. so I’m just saying…”
Joni Dizon remarked: “His speciality is gastroenterology. So he means all those 12,000 residents of Guymon all got problems with their innards? So walang me allergies, asthma etc? Lahat puro sa tyan ang problema? 😂😂😂”
Viethmier Cuevas commented: “its nice to hear an alibi like that and sounds like believable.. yet when you start to break it down .. ha ha ha you see a lot of flaws.. ha ha ha Ano ba talaga ang akala nila sa mga pilipino mga mangmang lahat?”
Ems Zkii said: “If figures he presented were factual but…the surrounding demographic doesnt seem to coincide with the claim…this usually is a redflag for insurance fraud…just saying :p”
Let us hear the opinion of an insurance underwriter regarding Martin Bautista’s claim.
Meimei Hammer commented: “Your reasoning is full of holes. A high deductible plan which is the cheapest there is, has a copay of $40. Why opt for 50 or 60 when the benefits are barebones? People with no medical coverage dont go to the doctor for headaches, or vomiting, stomach pains, cough, flu, cold, minor wounds, and body aches. Besides yours has no other services offered aside from consultations. So how come you have a lot of patients when there are other clinics in the area? You threaten them with a gun? The reasoning that only your clinic speaks spanish is hogwash. If your clinic or any husiness for that matter, is located where there is a good population of spanish clients, most of your employees should speak spanish . Dont tell me that only you have thought about that idea. You are talking to an underwiter by the way, who knows the ins and outs of healthcare.granting, granting you earn too much money, why deposit it in a philippine bank? And under someones name? What if he passes away, who has the right to the money? The wife right? So kumuha ka ng bato para me maipokpok sa ulo mo?Why not invest it in bonds or other things that you can track everyday? And under your name? Hohummmm!!!”
Source: Thinking Pinoy