Bingo Dr. Strickland! Great post! I’ve said for a long time, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a legislative fix. This problem was created by policy makers and politicians. We can’t expect the same lot to fix it. It will need to be a grassroots parallel system that springs up along side the death star, acting like multiple small life boats for doctors and patients until the mother ship has been abandoned.

Love Pam’s abused spouse analogy!

Onward!
Bob Nelson, MD

IP4PI - Independent Physicians for Patient independence

Guest post from Michael Strickland, MD – http://letmydoctorpractice.org/

While I do think politics is of vital importance here, I don’t believe it is our ace card here.  We are vastly outnumbered when it comes to politics.  When Gina and I met with our Congressman, Brad Wenstrup, DPM, he said, “This is not going to be solved in Washington.  You (physicians) are going to have to fix this yourselves.”

Our ace in the hole here, which CANNOT be successfully opposed, if physicians can regain a semblance of the unity we had a few short decades ago (by focusing on one or more core professional issues where there is majority agreement) is simple:

Physicians control 80% of the healthcare dollar directly, through our orders (i.e. $2.4 Trillion/year, of $3 Trillion total, while receiving 8% of that dollar).

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