So, I am NOT the only one that feels ignored, disbelieved, or unimportant when they see their physician (PCP or specialist). Reading this article was a huge injection of validation for my theory: doctors aren’t doing the job that they were trained to do, signed up to do, or dreamt of doing (except for the few that we’re pushed into med school by their foreign parents, so they could make lots of money to support the entire extended family – I know those exist b/c I went to school with several. Sad.
While comforting in a way, to see that mainstream media has recognized that:
1. Doctors are being pushed to practice an abbreviated form of the actual art of diagnostics by insurance companies/corporate capitalist America.
2. People are suffering (and dying) because of this.
No solution to this issue is offered, other than suggesting that doctors return to the basics of doctor-patient interaction: calling a patient by name, or actually calling a patient at home to check on them. What if the docs that the med schools are churning out don’t want to do this?
What if they are, like a majority of the (mostly foreign) pre-med students I went to college with in 2006, we’re just going into medicine for the money?
What can we, as consumers of the ailing healthcare industry, do to help save ourselves?