This change has snuck under the radar. It’s really alarming. However it hardly fazes most practitioners and it is passively accepted. Patients are not yet fully aware of this turn of events. In spite of many conversations expressing my concern with fellow docs it seems to fall on deaf ears. The medical profession has limped away from taking any lead in shaping their future, no matter if it means much regret in the coming years. It may even drive many away from the profession.
Even though a health care law has passed it does not address this issue. It will certainly need tweaking over time. Identifying those core issues and getting enough people to come to that common realization that this affects “me too” is my aim. Hopefully it sparks some movement towards a critical mass to resuscitate a dying institution that has had such a precious history. I’m not very liberal on this notion since it has served the public in ways that can not be substituted by 9 to 5 healers (I call them partial care specialists).
My intention and hope is to bring the ground level of the health care industry into view. This is my initial step up to the plate to start a conversation. I hope it is the beginning of “a beautiful relationship.” Dr. Don Green