Many people assert that government regulation is the only way to solve issues of healthcare cost and access. Dr. Heather Bartlett, a Direct Primary Care doctor-pioneer, dismantles this concept by walking through her experience with DPC—a medical delivery model giving hope to restoring and protecting the patient-doctor relationship.
Are medical ethics and physician loyalty intertwined? To whom does a doctor owe loyalty? An employer or insurance contract, a government or “state’s” rules, or to the patient? What happens when regulations on physicians are less benign?
What is the best way to engage in a conversation when deeply held beliefs and ideas clash? Is there a way to frame a conversation that allows for real communication—not just “winning” or “losing” an argument?
At this healthcare policy conference, the seemingly marginal number of healthcare providers amongst the lawyers, economists and other policy makers surprised me.
Too often in healthcare discussions, terms are used without clarity, or without really thinking through the possible downsides of what is being proposed. By investigating various view points we can best sort out the strength and weaknesses of various options, and come to our own conclusions about what best serves the patient-doctor relationship.