January 26, 2015
Jordan Grumet’s article, Health Care’s Newest Dirty Word, is an excellent commentary on the state of medicine today. As an independent physician, I work for my patients. Each and every patient is my employer and my only concern is providing for his/her health care needs.
Jordan and I are rapidly going the way of the dinosaurs. Rising overhead and declining reimbursement from the insurers and Medicare make running a private practice increasingly more difficult. It’s no wonder many of my colleagues are selling their practices to corporate healthcare giants and working on their behalf. I’ve got to admit, shedding the front office business aspects of medicine is certainly enticing. While a steady pay check from XYZ Medical Health Care System would be welcomed, having an administrator tell me how much time and care I can give their patients (no longer my patients) would be horrible!
So, I will stay independent until I retire and I have NO plans of retiring anytime soon. I will continue to look for new ways to provide individualized care and keep my doors open to those in need! Suggestions and contributions appreciated.