Is your doctor taking good care of you?
When we visit our doctor, we may literally be placing our very lives in his hand. Is he doing his best to take care of you? Or is he constrained by outside factors over which he has no control? Today's Physician faces challenges to his practice that a doctor 40 years ago could never have imagined. Not only must he be constantly up on all the latest medical advances and treatments, but his administrative burden has increased exponentially, and he is surrounded by a sea of litigators looking to capitalize on his every mistake. It's no wonder that private practices are closing at record rates, and many future Physicians are choosing another career path.
Recently a relative of mine was informed by his doctor that he could no longer prescribe a certain heart medication. His entire practice was moving away from this (very common) medicine because the medical-malpractice insurance company was requiring it. Now, it just so happens that this medicine had been controlling his heart condition for 20 years, and he had been told by another doctor that he should "never, ever let another doctor take you off of this medicine. Nothing else will work as well for you."
Because of a fear of litigation, a doctor is taking my relative off of an effective medicine that has kept him alive for over 20 years.
My first thought was that this doctor needs a good asset protection plan for his practice. Then he'd be free to practice good medicine, and put his patient's best interests first.