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?
While in medical school it is easy to become siloed in studying for exam after exam and lose sight of the goal we are working toward, tirelessly striving to build the intellectual foundation we will need to treat our patients. But our careers will be so much more than the individual interactions we have with our patients.
“As this wave of free market healthcare solutions emerges, it is important to make sure the government stays out of the way. The free market does work in healthcare if given the chance.” ~Trenton Schmale, DO, BRI chapter founder & past president Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine