Doc­tors as scape­goats

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Con­cern­ing physi­cian fees: They con­trib­ute very lit­tle to health­care costs. Maybe 10% to 12%. Doc­tors are not even a blip when it comes to cost. Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals are the ma­jor prob­lem that no­body will face. Why? Be­cause that’s where the money is. Most politi­cians own phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal stock and will never do some­thing that may af­fect their bot­tom line. It is hu­man na­ture.

Many other is­sues also ex­ist, but physi­cian fees are ir­rel­e­vant. It is pop­u­lar and safe to at­tack docs. There is no money to make off us so it doesn’t hurt to hurt us. Some­body please speak the truth and take a stand. With­out the doc­tor, you don’t stand much of a chance if you be­come se­verely ill. With­out a good well-trained, well­paid doc­tor, you just take your chances. Dr. Dou­glas Kane Cookeville, Tenn.

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