Clubby Health Department Spends $856,315 Annually on Professional Dues

We knew health-care professionals were clubby, what with their white coats and golf vacations. A new San Francisco Department of Public Health report reveals they're clubbier than we could have dreamed: The department spent $856,315 the past fiscal year on membership dues for 123 health-care-related trade associations.

“We review a detailed listing of membership dues each year and confirm that each is necessary,” chief financial officer Gregg Sass said in response to an inquiry.

No word yet on which taxpayer-dues-collecting trade associations he belongs to.

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