Picking up again from the “Business of Medicine” conference in
In the evening of the first day, after a day of discussing issues around managing practices, Dr. Eugene Platt stood up to speak. He began by saying that he had a different definition of the “business of medicine”. To him, the “business of medicine” is about taking care of patients.
I could sense a pause in the room – the “grab the collar” moment that snaps you back to focus on the right things. My mantra to physicians has long been to focus on their patients and everything will work out. In my talk, I spoke of my late uncle who, subject to quotas in US medical schools in the 1930s, joined several friends in starting medical school in Edinboro, Scotland and, after World War II broke out, went on to the University of Geneva where they graduated in 1944. One has to really want to be a physician to do take the adventure and risk of going to school thousands of miles away, surrounded by the Nazis. When he came home, he earned $50 a month as an intern.
Underneath the public debate over the problems and policy for health care in the
We can – and must – find better ways to gain value for the $2.4 trillion spent on healthcare in the