Doctors in the Crosshairs

We’re in trouble. No, really. We’re in a lot of trouble. We’re an aging population. Health care consumes an increasing amount of our budget. And we’re undermining our strongest allies. I became a physician in the HMO era and was encouraged to minimize the tests I ordered and specialists I consulted. The consequence was that some patients didn’t receive prompt care. One young man, treated for cancer a year earlier, yelled at me when I explained that his referral to an oncologist would require three weeks. While I hadn’t selected his insurance plan, I understood his frustration. When I suggested

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