Compensate doctors for the time it takes to heal patients, a reader says
Re: “Uncompensated care rose slightly in 2010,” Modernhealthcare.com, Jan. 6: This will continue to balloon and bankrupt the nation unless the business of healthcare is radically reorganized. Doctors need to be compensated to spend the time it takes to help heal patients.
Patients need to know upfront what procedures and meds cost and what the options are if treatments are unaffordable. The tort system needs to be revamped so that doctors are not forced to over-treat. And hospitals need to stop putting expensive MRI and CT scan machines in every facility they own.
Susan Smith Portland, Ore.