Tuesday, July 14, 2009
America is a very unique country. In only a little over 200 years we have become a world power in almost every category measurable. It seems, however, that we are becoming more and more demanding as a people. I have many friends, family members and patients who live by the credo: I want what I want, when I want it, and I want it for free. I am sure that I feel the same sometimes so I am not an innocent man. It just seems to me that we all need to take a big breath and look at the big picture when discussing a new healthcare system. That will not be easy for physicians. Heck, it won't be easy for anyone. In a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, the majority who responded felt controlling costs should be the legislation's top goal but more than nine in 10 oppose limits on getting whatever tests or treatments they and their doctors think are necessary. Those two things are diametrically opposed to one another. That isn't really helpful. It reminds me of a poll of patients where the study showed that patients wanted more time with their doctor but also to be able to get into the doctors whenever they wanted. Hello? Without making some sacrifices, there will be no change for the better. In my opinion, Congress shouldn't worry about making everyone happy......just me.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 5:27 AM