Many people are debating health care reform in the United States. I find that my patients don’t debate me about it. Instead, they just want my opinion. They want to know what doctors think. It’s great to have one’s opinion held in such high esteem. Doctors should be playing a critical role in the debate.
Hopefully doctors’ concerns will go beyond concern about Medicare reimbursement cutbacks and medical malpractice reform. While those issues may be important, they aren’t the only issues and may not even be the most important ones. Increasing and ensuring access, controlling costs, and avoiding excessive rationing are the biggest considerations, at least in my opinion.