What’s Wrong with Healthcare in America? A Doctor’s Opinion
I will always believe that medicine is actually more about doctor-patient relationships than about dollar-payment reimbursements. For example, it is easier for a patient to value what is said in a 30-minute discussion with the doctor over the need for treatment of a newly-diagnosed cancer than what is paid to the doctor for the same 30-minute discussion. That’s because the practice of medicine starts and ends with humanity… a look, a smile, a reassuring touch, and time spent together without pressure to move on in the day. Yet, for many decades, payments to doctors for these looks, these smiles, these reassuring touches, and this extended time given to patients have been negotiated, filtered and executed through the prism of budgetary constraints, resource allocation, utilization efficacy, and cost-control measures put forth by public and private health insurance companies. What had been an industry rooted in humanity has transformed into an industry mired in bureaucracy. Yuk! Time for the doctor to step in…
I have thus far diagnosed the healthcare industry in America with government regulatory hypertrophy, hyper-dollarism, physician overuse syndrome, bureaucratic incompetence, and patient give-a-darn deficiency. I recommend immediate implementation of a comprehensive strategy for simplification of the system, including induced political coma followed by multiple health-insurance-ectomies, a 10-year federal government flush, and an extended common sense infusion therapy.
I welcome all other “professional” opinions on this case.
Michael J Lucherini MD MS
Dr. Lucherini specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He practices at Summit Medicine and Pediatrics in Mesa, AZ, and is a Pioneer in Direct Access Medicine. His opinions expressed herein are personal and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of his staff, his patients, or his colleagues.
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