The Patient-Doctor Relationship Is the Cure

Today, millions of dollars are spent on unnecessary tests and incorrect treatments. The high cost of technology has caused an economic squeeze in healthcare that has already led to rationing of medical services.

The US healthcare system can little afford to continue its wasteful and ineffective practices.

Time to Care: Personal Medicine in the Age of Technology, proposes that the patient-doctor relationship be brought back to the center of the healthcare system. This will humanize treatment and help to reduce unnecessary spending, leading to a happier and healthier society.

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Is the Primary Care Doctor Obsolete?

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During the Great Depression, we had a family doctor who was a general practitioner. He took care of adults, delivered babies, took care of them as well as their brothers and sisters, set bones, and did surgery. Today, family doctors are usually board-certified family or internal medicine specialists who do not deliver babies nor do surgery. They are regarded as “primary care doctors.”

Primary care doctors are the first ones the patient should consult regarding their medical concerns. That doctor is the first to assess their problems and manage their medical care. For primary care doctors, the patient is at the center of care. This may seem obvious, but many doctors no longer do this. They focus on the disease and its treatment, often ignoring the personal needs of the patient.

Today, many regard medical care as the applied science of statistically derived, evidence-based medicine based upon practices shown to be effective for the majority of a group. They treat the individual as a statistical integer in a group or herd, and not as a person.

Medical care should be more than individual care. It should be personal care. … Read the rest of this blog entry

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