CHATology – medical transcription discussion forum

Update: Aug 16th, 2012
  1. So done with transcription
    Nov 23rd, 2013 at 20:46
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    I’m so frustrated right now! I recently got a job with a company I thought I would really love. The boss is really nice and the doctors are pretty easy. We get paid monthly so I just got my first paycheck and I nearly fell on the floor. I spent at least 6 hours every day sitting at my computer and taking everything that comes in the queue and my whole month’s pay is $378. I wasted 2 more hours checking my line counts, etc. only to find out the check is right. I’m definitely giving my notice on Monday and hope my nice EX-boss fires me on the spot so I can go out and find a job that pays at least minimum wage!!!!

    • admin
      Dec 6th, 2013 at 15:00
      Reply | Quote | #2

      Unfortunately I’m hearing more and more stories like yours. Good luck!

  2. gina in OK
    Nov 29th, 2013 at 00:51
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    The company I work for is changing their pay system and now wants to be billed monthly for our line count. The program they recommended costs $100 (which they want us to pay for ourselves). Do you know of an invoice software that costs less (or free)?

  3. slap in the face
    Nov 30th, 2013 at 08:35
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    The newest to outsource? Mayo Clinic! After 23 years of service I got my termination notice – just in time for Thanksgiving.

  4. rosa
    Dec 1st, 2013 at 23:44
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    I’m starting community college in January and was thinking about medical billing/coding. I’m worried when I read such gloom and doom about transcription. Is it the same with billing and coding?

  5. jazmona
    Dec 2nd, 2013 at 23:16
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    What’s the truth about medical transcription? A lot of schools quote decent pay and work outlook but then I get on some message boards that say the job is on it’s way out. Who can I trust for an honest opinion??

  6. niki
    Dec 4th, 2013 at 09:03
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    I caution anyone thinking of entering the medical transcription or billing/coding to beware. The pay is ridiculously low and the agencies are more demanding every day.

  7. Nancy P
    Dec 6th, 2013 at 08:36
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    I haven’t seen the issue of EMR brought up in any posts. I’m finding that the time it takes to copy/paste my transcription into the physician’s EMR system is really affecting my earnings. It’s not so bad with longer reports but the short ones aren’t even worth it. I’m wondering how other transcriptionists are handling it?

    • admin
      Dec 6th, 2013 at 14:59

      I don’t know much about implementing EMR either. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has some good tips.

  8. still working in jax
    Dec 6th, 2013 at 17:35

    Just for a positive note – I live in Florida and have worked for the same clinic for 16 years. I work from home now but still get the same pay and benefits as I did when I worked in the clinic. It’s the best of both worlds!

  9. jane
    Dec 6th, 2013 at 23:37

    It’s this time of year when I really miss working in an office. The Christmas decorations and party, secret Santa, etc. I miss it all.

  10. I’m like jane
    Dec 7th, 2013 at 09:54

    Jane posted just what I was thinking. I’m sick of working from home. Over time I have lost all my motivation. My workload has gone way down and I spend all my off time watching TV and eating. I really need to get an outside job.

  11. truth
    Dec 7th, 2013 at 11:53

    I wonder if you will post this comment?? The truth is medical transcriptionists literally work for pennies, as in so-many pennies per line. The amount of pennies has gone down steadily in the last few years. Most mt’s make less than minimum wage right now.

  12. andrea
    Dec 8th, 2013 at 00:37

    Did anyone watch the video Career Step put out? It points a rosy (but maybe wrong) picture of medical transcription job outlook.

  13. truth speaks the truth
    Dec 9th, 2013 at 17:57

    I make 3 pennies per line VR editing – works out to less than minimum wage.

  14. more truth
    Dec 11th, 2013 at 18:40

    MTs need to be more honest about their profession and their earnings (including this site) not encouraging others to enter the field. I used to feel good about my job. I made decent pay and had a good working environment. Now I’m working from home as an IC. I sign on at 9am but sometimes get no work until noon. I might have an easy day but get crushed with files after dinner and have to work until midnight. My supervisor is a complete bitch and I count it as a good day if I don’t have any contact with her. On a good week I make around $250 before taxes. I haven’t felt good about being a medical transcriptionist in a long time.

    • admin
      Dec 20th, 2013 at 14:30

      I agree. I don’t encourage anyone to enter the MT field. Due to outsourcing and voice recognition software the demand for qualified transcriptionists has petered out. The companies that are hiring are almost offensive with what they offer. Most want independent contractors so they don’t have give benefits, pay social security taxes or guarantee at least minimum wage. Transcriptionists put up with so much because they basically have no other choice. It’s not a career I would choose now or even plan to stick with myself. Your post caused me to look at my past posts and articles, which I will be updating thanks to you.

  15. jaime
    Dec 13th, 2013 at 21:01

    Is “more truth” giving an accurate description of medical transcription? Is $250/week the typical pay?

  16. going out of business quickly
    Dec 20th, 2013 at 12:38

    I applaud those past posts for telling the TRUTH. I could cry over the accounts I have lost in the past 3 years. One of the doctors who had been my client for 12 years switched to voice recognition without any advance notice. I got an email 1 morning that “he wouldn’t be needing my services” effective immediately. I’m down to 1/4 of the work I had coming in and only a couple of part-time transcriptionists. I can’t sleep at night wondering how I can keep my doors open.

  17. meena
    Dec 26th, 2013 at 21:18

    Can anybody recommend a good online medical transcription course?

  18. Zandora
    Dec 31st, 2013 at 19:20

    Theresa – I heard career step is pretty good.

  19. Don’t do it
    Jan 6th, 2014 at 10:53

    I recommend going to school for anything except transcription. Don’t waste your money. There are no decent jobs.

  20. Anita
    Jan 9th, 2014 at 22:12

    I am just at the end of my rope!!! I don’t know how I can be expected to spend so much time at my computer for so little pay!! I used to love being an MT – now I can’t STAND my job!

  21. Bree
    Jan 14th, 2014 at 22:47

    Hang in there Anita. I think there will be so many lawsuits over voice recognition transcribed reports that us transcriptionists will be in demand again.

  22. To anita
    Jan 21st, 2014 at 10:32

    I don’t blame you at all. I’m actually done with transcription as of Friday. For the past couple of years my checks have been getting worse and worse and my supervisor getting more demanding and demeaning. Friday she sent me a crappy email and I replied back to shove it. I actually feel better than I have in years.

  23. looking for work
    Jan 29th, 2014 at 16:01

    Tina Jones

    P.O. Box 762

    York, Alabama 36925



    To obtain a career in medical transcription


    Typing 65-70 wpm
    Computer literate as far as programs and some software

    The Drug Store, Livingston Alabama
    August, 2006 – January, 2014
    National Certified Pharmacy Technician

    Input of prescriptions brought in by patients
    Transcribe prescriptions from physicians over the phone and over voice mail
    Fill the prescriptions
    Inventory of all pharmacy medication
    Answer phones
    Wait on customers

    Dr. Robert Paris, Roanoke Virginia
    June, 2004 – 2005
    Receptionist, Transcriptionist

    Checked in patients
    Verifying Insurance
    In-house transcription of records

    Drs Cesar & Lenola Llanera, Pensacola Florida
    January, 2000 – April, 2004
    Receptionist, Transcriptionist

    Checked in patients
    Verifying Insurance
    In-house transcription of records


    Sumter Academy High School, York Alabama
    On the job training of transcribing medical records

  24. belinda
    Jan 31st, 2014 at 08:09

    It’s refreshing to see a medical transcription website that will actually admit the sorry state the profession is in. I have seen my yearly earnings go down about $2500 yearly for the past 12 years. I grossed under $10,000 in 2013. Most of the MT’s I know made about the same. It’s not a career anyone wants to start.

  25. unemployed right now
    Feb 13th, 2014 at 01:02

    Belinda – I appreciated your post. I can’t believe how low the pay for MT’s has gotten. I recently quit a job and am out of work right now but I just couldn’t believe this employer expected me to sit around every day in a “group chat” while I waited for files to come into the queue. When they did everybody took them out of order even though I had been sitting in the stupid chat. I ended up making about $40/week. Who needs that???

  26. ?????
    Feb 19th, 2014 at 08:53

    Hey unemployed – I think I know that company. Was the owner kind of crazy and she gossiped about all her employees?

  27. Jeff
    Feb 25th, 2014 at 11:38

    Did anyone else hear a rumor that computer-generated medical reports were going to be outlawed because of all the mistakes?

  28. To jeff
    Feb 26th, 2014 at 23:23

    Jeff, I looked all over to see any news about the computer-generated reports but couldn’t find anything. Where did you see that?

  29. Anna
    Mar 3rd, 2014 at 04:58

    Is anyone else getting sick of Mmodal increasing minimum line requirements? It’s gone up 150% since I started. Plus all of the tracking is getting ridiculous. They count how many times I click the mouse, use the foot pedal, etc.

  30. Mmodal can kiss my %&*$
    Mar 6th, 2014 at 00:51

    They don’t know it yet but I am done with Mmodal!!! Every day this week I’ve sent an email to my supervisor that there are no jobs in my queue. Then I got an email today with a “stern warning” that I’m down on my minimum line count. When I called my supervisor she actually counseled me on time management.

  31. gucci
    Sep 14th, 2014 at 11:43

    I appreciate your honesty about the state of medical transcription.

  32. KittyKat
    Oct 17th, 2014 at 14:11

    I guess I am one of the lucky ones. I live in Canada I work for a health care corporation at one of the hospitals as a medical transcriptionist, I make 40,000 a year. We get paid hourly, not by line. We are a unionized government coproration. There are about 40 of us medical transcriptionists, half working at home and half on site. We do all the trancribing and editing of the medical reports for over 200 doctors and residents. We get paid $20.81 an hour and there is tons of work. We have been getting overtime for the past three months. Sucks that you guys are having such a hard time with medical transcription.

  33. Anne N.
    Nov 1st, 2014 at 17:18

    Love this site!

  34. hanging in there
    Nov 24th, 2014 at 20:28

    I just found your site and wanted to tell you how much I like it. I’ve been a MT for over 15 years and have seen many changes. Like a lot of the others who commented, I have seen my pay decline substantially over the last few years. I have considered changing jobs so many times but have hung in. I am still hopeful about the transcription profession because I have recently been getting more and better quality work. I have my fingers crossed that things are looking up for transcriptionists.

  35. Christian L
    Nov 24th, 2014 at 23:28

    At the last job I had, my boss expected me to sit at the computer all day waiting for files to come in but I was making about $30/day. I would have to ask permission if I left even for a short while and then would be placed at the end of the line for anything that came in. I quit that job and am still looking for something that pays decent (even minimum wage would be appreciated at this point).

  36. Cookie
    Nov 25th, 2014 at 16:39

    I would caution anyone against entering the transcription field. I started as a MT but have been getting a lot of focus group work, which I think wastes my expertise and takes twice as long as typing medical reports. I have complained about this to my manager but am basically ignored.

  37. Helen in MN
    Dec 1st, 2014 at 11:59

    I work for a major company and am getting more and more frustrated. I have had 4 different supervisors in the last 2 years and each was worse than the one before them. My accounts have been switched more times than I can even count!!

  38. Erin
    Dec 16th, 2014 at 23:03

    I posted a comment here a few weeks ago but it hasn’t shown up?

    • admin
      May 12th, 2015 at 10:42

      Erin – I’m sorry I missed your comment due to all the spam. If you email your comment, I will ensure it is posted.

  39. Emily W.
    Jan 18th, 2015 at 17:24

    I know I’m lucky to have in-house MT employment. Thank goodness the physicians I work for distrust VR and are willing to pay me for accurate reports.

  40. Ripped off
    May 10th, 2015 at 10:21

    I can’t understand why medical transcription courses are still offered. I graduated from a course that promised to get me employment over 6 months ago and still don’t have a job. I feel like I got ripped off for my time and money.

  41. Very part-time worker
    May 11th, 2015 at 08:56

    I had been a full-time MT for more than 20 years. I had a great group of physicians that I transcribed for – but they switched to VR about 2 years ago. Since then, I have been transcribing IME’s only and am barely working part-time. I figure I still have 10 years in the workforce and am looking to switch to medical assisting or something else.

  42. Waiting to retire
    May 23rd, 2015 at 16:30

    I can’t wait to retire. I’m working for a large MT agency and HATE it. My supervisor is unrealistic in her demands and I am always shorted in pay. 6 more months until retirement – can’t wait!!

  43. fed up with editing
    Jun 1st, 2015 at 21:58

    It seems like straight transcription is a thing of the past. The majority of my work is editing. To me, it’s harder than transcribing and the pay is terrible.

  44. Tiffany W.
    Jun 18th, 2015 at 23:00

    I’m so thankful to be working for a good employer. It’s sad to hear so many horror stories about transcription.

  45. suzanne
    Jul 12th, 2015 at 13:20

    Are there any good transcription employers left?

  46. New MT
    Jul 13th, 2015 at 09:54

    Great website.

  47. end voice recognition
    Jul 14th, 2015 at 20:38

    I like the information you provide. I especially appreciated the article about how saving 2 cents in transcription costs ended up costing a hospital so much more. Maybe more big judgements like this will eliminate voice recognition in medical transcription.

  48. elsie watson
    Jul 16th, 2015 at 00:13

    This is my 1st time visiting your website and I wanted to let you know how much I like it!

  49. janice
    Jul 16th, 2015 at 08:11

    I’m in the middle of a medical transcription course through my community college. The course includes an editing component. After reading the comments on this site, I wonder if I’ll be able to find a job after I graduate?

  50. Cheryl N.
    Jul 17th, 2015 at 09:04

    Janice – I can’t believe that community colleges are still offering MT courses. You should ask for a refund of your tuition!!

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