An inside perspective of health care and life as a physician, from Pure Family Medicine
Gone are the days where the patient-doctor relationship was just between the patient and the doctor. Health care in America involves insurance companies, hospital systems, and pharmaceutical companies all having a say in virtually all decisions made by your doctor about your health. The VAST majority of physicians truly have your best interests in mind, but they are bound by the constraints our system imposes upon them. Most patients don’t realize how deep this influence runs and how much it can affect the health care decisions made for you..
Let’s look at a few examples. Dr. X is your physician who works for a local medical group BigMed, and you have health insurance through ExpenseCare.
As long as this system is broken, directly or indirectly, your doctor does not work for you. Your doctor works for the system. And whether they choose to admit or believe it, they have to follow rules that are not always aligned with your health. Having good health insurance doesn't change this, you may have the greatest insurance plan, but that does not mean you have great health care. You might pay for the cadillac of insurance plans but if your doctor only has 7 minutes with you, and is paid by someone other than you, you are just like everyone else in the system.
As more and more patients and doctors realize they are tired of third parties making decisions for them, more and more patients and doctors will go back to having a direct relationship with each other. This is how health care used to be, and this is how health care should be. And this is why I started Pure Family Medicine, to take care of my patients, answer only to my patients, and enable them to take back control of their health care.
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