In spite of significant public relations efforts, patients are still confused about the role of dermatologists. Dr. Wheeland explores why in this column.
Ronald G. Wheeland, M.D.
It goes without saying that medical students and residents receive invaluable training that prepares them to provide high-quality care to their patients. For the vast majority of physicians the quality of medical education training they receive is not accompanied by a similar level of business training.
I have recently been thinking about the many changes in the practice of medicine, both big and small, that have occurred during the last few decades and I’ve come up with quite a list.
I can't tell you how many wonderful things I've heard from medical administrators and non-physician consultants that will result from the adoption of the electronic medical record (EMR). But like most of us, I've been taught to believe that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Even if one accepts that healthcare costs are rising at an unsustainable rate, why is there such a current rush to find the "magic" solution to the problem, when it is such an important issue? I believe the one-word answer to this question is this — politics.