Comments on: How to recruit more primary care physicians — for the VA and nationwide Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: gijerry101 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:29:31 +0000 The solution begins with a return to sanity and eye contact. The EHR primarily benefits the health insurers and their cronies (pharmaceutical companies, medical supplies, etc.). Return the physician, especially primary care, to patient care. Remove the strait jacket by returning the medical record to its original purpose, a short report for the physician for continuity of care with updates. Start a movement of compassion for the physician and remove the medical legal possibilities from the medical record. True, medical reports (lab., radiology, surgical, pathology) facilitate care and should be utilized, but use the system taxpayers have already paid for (VA, Kaiser systems) and make it free for transparency sake. And finally, remove the health insurers from our midst with single-payer healthcare and finally begin cost controls.
Probably $1 trillion is squandered, sequestered and wasted every year with our present system. Every citizen and legal resident could be covered in the U.S. today with lower premiums,no copays, deductibles and charge for medications with this approach. Cost analysis in California in 2005 (Lewin Group Report) when we were looking at single-payer revealed this. And after the first year alone, we would have had a $20 billion surplus if we only had legislators with the political courage to legislate for the public good.
Do we physicians continue down this dark, narrow path where we lose our patient’s confidence completely? We physicians must be part of the solution and take a stand to save our profession and return it to sanity and safety.
Jerome P. Helman, M.D.
Internist and Gastroenterologist
Venice, CA

By: zotdoc Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:50:12 +0000 Increased income is the way to get more of any worker. All the rest is secondary.