Abuse of Physicians

8D29106B-EC59-4CA6-B48F-EDDE2C7DE24BAbuse of Physicians
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.

Physician Shortage??

88C87311-814C-487F-924F-7A7652E5F908.jpegDo we have a physician shortage? Like so many areas of healthcare, the answer is not straightforward or clear. I personally believe we do NOT have a shortage of physicians; instead, there is a lack of good distribution and efficiency.  The legal and administrative demands on physicians have limited their ability to care for the numbers of patients they should easily manage with a more common sense approach. The responses to a perceived shortage seem dangerous to me. For example, we have increased the number of medical students in school, but their clinical experience and training often suffer. It seems we are generating physicians and not educating them sometimes. I believe we have set sail on a treacherous course in healthcare and the strong winds of  overregulation are blowing us away. We need practicing physicians at the helm. Too often, physician input comes from those hired by the government, hospitals and insurance companies.