Where Expectations Meet Frustration

Physicians wonder: what has happened to focusing the practice of medicine on patient care?

By Pamela McKemmie | Remarks | September/October 2008 | Your Voice


“Give the practice of medicine back to the physician.”

“Get rid of lawyers, HMO, Managed Care Medicine and federal regulations.”

“Eliminate the hassles of getting reimbursed for an honest day’s work.”

“Malpractice issues—stop [the] practice of defensive medicine.”

“Free medicine of the stranglehold that the insurance industry has on reimbursement and practice styles.”

These are just a few of the more-than-2,000 open-ended comments we received in summer 2007 when we asked physicians what one thing they would change about practicing medicine if given the chance. more »