U.S. Doctors: Getting Paid the Old Way-- by the Patient
Dr.S.Smiley Thakur writing in the November 21, 2008 Seattle Post Intelligencer sets the tone for the column titled "Why Doctors Can't See You Now" with:
Physicians have been keeping a secret from you: The practice of medicine simply isn't a viable business. This reality affects not only the availability of doctors to care for patients, but also the quality of delivered care. After 10 years in full-time clinical practice, I decided to stop accepting Medicare and all private insurance. Such a move seems illogical to physicians and patients, but was made to preserve patient access to quality care. Physicians who don't come to the same conclusion risk going out of business.
Read the column and then come back and let us know your opinion, whether you think that Dr. Thakur is on the right track regarding the facts and consequences or that government and insurance companies should continue to play a role in the financing of medical care and the doctors should continue to participate with these systems.
Do you think that doctors should go back to the old days where each patient was responsible to pay the doctor out of his or her pocket and the doctor was beholding to nobody except the patient? ..Maurice.
Graphic: Digital photograph by my wife 11-24-2008.