Wednesday, March 22, 2006

When Patients Become Costumers

The Doctor Will See You for Exactly Seven Minutes - New York Times: "The problem has been sneaking up on us for almost two decades. As health-care dollars became scarce in the 1980's and 90's, hospitals asked their business people to attend clinical meetings. The object was to see what doctors were doing that cost a lot of money, then to try and do things more efficiently. Almost immediately, I noticed that business jargon was becoming commonplace. 'Patients' began to disappear. They were replaced by 'consumers.' They eventually became 'customers.'"
Therefore, The poor are denied quality health services. This article good as it is, denouncing a problem, only raises an option for people with money. The poor will have no option but to suffer the seven minute visit.

The logical conclusion is that the "health" system is a failure.

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