Internal Medicine Doctors: Fewer Go Into Field, New Research Shows
The economics of medicine and health care are leading it toward failure from the perspective of the average consumer/patient. Rural medicine was only the first victim.
The high cost of a medical education all too often leaves more debt than a general practice could reasonably pay off, driving doctors to more lucrative specialties.
The present system is no longer viable. Rural medicine, general practice, family practice, geriatrics, whole areas of medicine are in decline due to the present financial structure.
Slowing the growth of health insurance premiums was only the first step in health care reform.
- We need to cut down on defensive medicine.
- We need to find ways to bring down the cost of malpractice insurance.
- We need to get politics out of the doctor’s office.
- We need to get the church out of the doctor’s office.
- We need to get drug salesmen out of the doctor’s office – there are better ways to disseminate new drug information, ways that do not manipulate what doctors prescribe.
- We need standardized electronic medical records – and very simple, intuitive ways to generate, maintain, distribute, and use them.
The GOP plan to privatize Medicare does none of that. Their
voucher subsidy price support plan literally and figuratively passes the buck and doubles down on the very system that is failing.
We may have to redesign how we handle malpractice cases where punitive damages are currently awarded. There seems to be a number of situations where monetary penalties are not working, possibly because it is too easy to pass the cost on to others.
- Primary care providers are needed to support health reform (kevinmd.com)
- Medscape/WebMD Poll: How Much Are Doctors Paid? (webmd.com)
- The future of your health care (money.cnn.com)
- You: How patients can help doctors practice better, less costly medicine (washingtonpost.com)
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