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.
This year: The Ethics of the Patient-Doctor Relationship
To whom does a doctor owe loyalty? An employer or insurance contract, government (“state”) rules, or the patient?
What happens when regulations, government policy, and other third parties insert their priorities into medical decision making?
How does the concept of “social justice” affect the patient-doctor relationship?