Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Doctor's Declaration of Independence It's time to defy health-care mandates issued by bureaucrats not in the healing profession.

In an earlier post I called for the writing of a New Declaration if Independence.

It looks like others are taking up the idea as well.

I don't know about other physicians but I am tired—tired of the mandates, tired of outside interference, tired of anything that unnecessarily interferes with the way I practice medicine. No other profession would put up with this kind of scrutiny and coercion from outside forces. The legal profession would not. The labor unions would not. We as physicians continue to plod along and take care of our patients while those on the outside continue to intrude and interfere with the practice of medicine.

We could change the paradigm. We could as a group elect not to take any insurance, not to accept Medicare—many doctors are already taking these steps—and not to roll over time and time again. We have let nearly everyone trespass on the practice of medicine. Are we better for it? Has it improved quality? Do we have more of a voice at the table or less? Are we as physicians happier or more disgruntled then two years ago? Five years ago? Ten years ago?
I think this is a GREAT start.  But at some point, all the separate DoI's should be combined with an overarching document that would become THE New Declaration of Independence.



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