Healthcare Bleeding

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Our healthcare system is truly in a crisis. Most people in the field or using the services clearly see how broken it has become. In effect, the system is “bleeding” money away from patient care and into a vast bureaucracy. A recent study shows that the biggest cost increases have come from insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, and administrations. Physicians, although commonly blamed, do not substantially contribute to the rise in costs directly. Having been in the field since 1981, I am appalled at the attack on physicians from multiple fronts, mainly legal through continued legislation that only adds to costs and derails patient care. We have become hired “guns” and they are looking for cheaper ones; hence, a flooding of poorly trained, mass produced physicians and mid level providers will assume the reigns of seasoned physicians who are leaving the field prematurely, during their peak productive years. I don’t see an easy answer, but am open to suggestions.

Abuse of Physicians

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For years I have been preaching that we physicians do not have basic human rights. Finally there is an article by Dr. Wible, “Not ‘Burnout,’ Not Moral Injury—Human Rights Violations,” which validates some of my beliefs. Our society through the legal system has rapidly increased the burdens on physicians; which, in other people, would be considered basic human rights violations. Our media has switched in my lifetime from reporting mostly positive views of physicians to mostly negative ones. As a result, the real healthcare crisis, in my opinion, centers around the diminution of physician oversight. Most physicians who speak to the public are extremely biased as they are either hired by the government, hospitals, or insurance companies. All of this abuse is possible I believe because our legal system has set the stage with laws that restrict us from our basic human rights.