Why doctors don’t want to be patients


This “??Time?? magazine article”:http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,1186553,00.html (article may be hidden behind a subscription soon) explains why doctors don’t want to be patients, even though they know the system and have a built-in second opinion. No, it’s not because they believe the system is a fraud (although in some cases it is a nightmare).

Some of the points made by the article:
* quality of care has not kept pace with technological and scientific advances
* doctors sometimes make the worst patients because they know too much
* when you might want to go to your community hospital and when you might want to brave one of the larger teaching hospitals
* how reimbursements (and costs) are out-of-sync with the value of service
* unintended consequences of reforms designed to make doctor training go better

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for pointing that out John. A very interesting article.

  2. Hey, we should point out “your post”:http://www.patsullivan.com/blog/2006/05/why_doctors_don.html on this as well.

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