This Is Why We Are Quitting

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This came from a piece in Time Magazine by a Danielle Ofri, MD:

Last week I was ready to quit medicine. I was seeing a new patient with diabetes, heart disease, anemia, hypertension, osteopenia, hypothyroidism, reflux, depression and pain in every part of her body. From a bag she produced 18 pill bottles — from about as many doctors — and piled them onto my desk. She pulled out a form from her job that needed to be filled out, plus a prior-approval form that her insurance company required, as well as a stack of photocopied records from the other doctors. She didn’t speak English, so we waded through her complicated medical history via a telephone interpreter. I don’t like to write while I am talking with a patient, but I couldn’t afford to fall behind in my documentation, so I typed madly into the 50 required fields of our electronic medical record while the patient recounted her complex medical history.

I recommend you read the piece about disillusioned doctors but that case above is so unrevealing that is revealing.   In other words, I didn’t even blink when I saw that scenario.  Why?  Because I see so many like it every day.   The article gives no answers to fix this issue but I believe there is one.  We need to stop accepting the insurance mandates as dogma.  We need to stop the volume of patients that we see now.  We need to stop using complicated EHRs which are only complicated in order to make the government or insurers happy.  We do not need to accept this!  How do we do this?  Ask Josh at www.atlas.md.

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