The regulation allowing full reimbursement for telehealth visits in the setting of the pandemic was a wise and compassionate decision. As more doctors participated, many thousands — likely millions — of sick and susceptible elderly were able to access needed care without exposing themselves to COVID-19. It was a double-edged sword, however, and we are now seeing the downside of continuing such a policy beyond pandemic concerns. The problem: Everybody …
Post Author: Gerald P. Corcoran, MD
Gerald P. Corcoran is a family physician.
The landscape of medical practice has changed dramatically over the many decades I have been in practice. Most of these changes are intensely discouraging and depressing and are negatively affecting the physicians of today. The government, hospitals, networks, even our own professional organizations are working to establish and enforce new regulations — new hoops for doctors to jump through, mainly in the furtherance of their profit and their power over …
“Last question,” the woman from the insurance company said.
Good, I thought; I was eager to get back to seeing patients.
“How long have you been taking care of Sarah?”
“I’m not sure,” I replied, “How old is she?”
“Then I have been taking care of her for 35 years.”
“Doctor, I’m not sure you heard me correctly; she is only 34.”
“I heard you perfectly,” I retorted, “She has been my patient for 35 …
“We have met the enemy in medical education, and he is us!”
My paraphrase of the “philosophy of Pogo” is pertinent to today’s crop of graduating medical students. We have inserted them into the most toxic environment for learning medicine, ever.
Dr. Michael Halberstam once stated that the most powerful treatment the ER had to offer (after CPR, of course) was “the sight of your own doctor at the bedside.” Yet look …
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