Com­pen­sate doc­tors for the time it takes to heal pa­tients, a reader says

Modern Healthcare - - MODERN HEALTHCARE -

Re: “Un­com­pen­sated care rose slightly in 2010,” Mod­ern­health­, 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.

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