[Ed. Note: On March 21, 2017, The Indiana Star ran an article by Dr. Richard Feldman on healthcare economics. Dr. Feldman is an Indianapolis family physician and former Indiana health commissioner.] Dr. Richard Feldman’s article “Feldman: Economics Principles Don’t Apply to Healthcare” speaks to the frustrations many of us experience regarding healthcare; like high prices, high […]
My interactions with like-minded peers and experts who are working to return “joy” to the profession have given me the confidence to express my viewpoints with other physicians who may have different world views. I now have a network of physicians and fellow residents with whom I can discuss entrepreneurial or policy ideas. I truly loved getting to know the staff and BRI students across the country. I had such a wonderful experience and hope to pay it forward in the future. I urge medical students to please stay involved as residents, keep your email updated and maintain your BRI membership. As more students graduate there will be a greater role for resident mentorship as well as ways to focus on our own professional development.
In Nigeria, we have generally been taught to believe that out of pocket payments are archaic, and insurance is the best way to access healthcare. I was quite surprised to find out that a group of physicians in the United States were going back to a semblance of this “archaic” model, and I was interested in learning about what they were doing.
The Western Health Care Leadership Academy Conference in San Diego provided an amazing review and discussion of health care policy. While everyone was unified in the goal of make health care more affordable while protecting physician quality of life, diverse opinions were represented regarding how to reach that end.
From my understanding, DPC would work well in a country where the primary healthcare system is well established, and the people are economically better off, which is not the case in my country. … To cater for the majority of Nigerians, a healthcare financing system that demands less from the people in terms of economic input would be a way to go. There is, however, a growing middle class that would benefit from the direct primary care model if introduced.