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Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

David Burda cites long work­ing hours, shrink­ing re­im­burse­ment and over­reg­u­la­tion as just a few of the rea­sons why doc­tors are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dis­sat­is­fied with the prac­tice of medicine (“Who’d an­swer this job ad?” July 5, p 16).

I would add to the list: deal­ing with ad­min­is­tra­tive bu­reau­cracy, time pres­sure, loss of au­ton­omy and the con­stant threat of mal­prac­tice lit­i­ga­tion. It has been es­ti­mated that ap­prox­i­mately 1 in 5 physi­cians are dis­sat­is­fied with their ca­reer. As a re­sult, newly minted doc­tors are mak­ing spe­cialty choices based on life­style con­sid­er­a­tions, and mid­ca­reer physi­cians are prac­tic­ing bou­tique medicine or tak­ing in­ter­na­tional locum te­nens as­sign­ments. fun­da­men­tal prob­lem that is ig­nored by ad­min­is­tra­tive types who look to in­dus­try and the politi­cians to give them the vec­tor in sick care, also known as “cur­rent ac­cess to pub­lic funds and in­dus­try cash in­cen­tives.”

The fun­da­men­tal lo­cus of correction of “health­care” are the ways we M.D.s and D.O.s prac­tice Medicine: 1. De­fen­sive med­i­cal-le­gal care. 2. Re­ac­tive symp­to­matic knee-jerk drug reg­i­mens, pro­ce­dures for pre­sent­ing symp­toms— for­get the ac­tual cause. Here, it is in­deed strange, as we do teach our med­i­cal stu­dents anatomy, phys­i­ol­ogy and bio­chem­istry, which is quickly con­ve­nience-jet­ti­soned for drugs and de­vices ma­nip­u­la­tively fa­vored by profit/stock­holder driven phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal/de­vice com­pa­nies and so-called “not-for-profit” hos­pi­tals.

3. The sick-care in­surance com­pa­nies clearly en­cour­age the quick of­fice-drug, pro­ce­dure fix, while the gen­eral pop­u­lace, not know­ing any bet­ter, is look­ing to the mi­crowave-type doc­tor re­sponse re­quir­ing no or lit­tle ef­fort on their parts to be re­spon­si­ble in­di­vid­u­als.

The min­i­mal­ist ef­forts by ad­min­is­tra­tors to tooth­pick-bol­ster an al­ready rec­og­nized, de­clared by all, un­ques­tion­ably bro­ken sys­tem of “care” will be looked on with a head shake in the fu­ture when sick-care costs top the $3 tril­lion mark.

We, the M.D.s and D.O.s, need to wake up ASAP and gather to­gether co­her­ently, to tell the in­surance com­pa­nies and the heads-in-sand politi­cians with their “health­care” ad­min­is­tra­tor ac­com­plices to lit­er­ally get lost, and re­turn to the pa­tient-cen­tered prac­tice we are re­ally sworn to up­hold. To the doc­tors, hear the clar­ion call to your true pro­fes­sional roots. Martin Plotkin

Physi­cian Well­ness Con­cepts

St. Charles, Ill.

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