Doctor’s Diary December 29, 2017: The silent doctor

(Snippets from the frontline)

The silent doctor

Doctors have been described as the best and brightest, and they should be as medical decisions impact the lives of many people.  But business has taken over medicine with physicians losing their voice and becoming a commodity.

Over the past two decades, healthcare statistically worsened compared to other nations, while many Americans go into bankruptcy, lose their homes, face denial of tests and treatment, or have no insurance coverage.

Business decides whether you are admitted to a hospital, how long you stay, and when you are discharged.  They decide what drugs you take, what studies you have, and whether you get chemotherapy or a mammogram.

Meanwhile, doctors sat silent except for a few whistleblowing physicians who are under constant attack by hospital and insurance company administrators.  Many physicians live in fear they will lose their job and home, hospital or insurance contracts, or not be able to re-pay student loans.

Doctors have therefore relinquished most medical decision rights to business.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.


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