Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Physicians Should Be In Charge

We as a medical profession are losing control of doing what is best for our patients. There is consumerism, strong special interests and a misinformed political leadership driving American medicine. The problem is that physicians have not banded together to make sure our nation can afford what we practice. We spend about twice as much per person as any other country, but still have millions feeling insecure about rising insurance costs and lack of universal coverage. The irony is that by multiple methods it has been determined that we spend about $800 billion on non-beneficial inappropriate care. Physicians must work together to address this overspending. Who is more capable of controlling health care costs while providing excellent individualized care, a growing federal bureaucracy or physicians in a collaborative working relationship?