Question of the Week: Physician Independence

I would like to have a discussion.  Please leave comments here but also check Facebook for those comments left there.  This blog really couldn’t be made into a poll because it’s not that simple.  Here goes:

Do you think there is a chance doctors can unhinge themselves from being employed by hospitals?

  • Would that be a good thing?
  • Could they do it without billing insurance companies?  An example would be DPC for primary care.  Specialists may never be able to have a membership model but could offer cash price ONLY and screw the insurers.  Is this possible?
  • Do you have any other ways to create physician independence and control?  Unionize?

(The image is me from years ago for the cover of the now defunct Placebo Journal)

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