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by Kent Bottles
"Your doctor's unhappiness is a catastrophic problem that the new law didn't anticipate and is not prepared to address," said Marc Siegel, M.D., associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.
"To us, supporting the [Affordable Care Act] makes moral and medical sense," according to Jeffrey Drazen, M.D., editor-in-chief, and Gregory Curfman, M.D., executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.
In the last two months I chatted with physicians in various cities, including Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago and Minneapolis. I encountered colleagues who are energized and excited about transforming the healthcare delivery system along the lines of the ACA. I also discussed medicine with doctors who are angry and frustrated.
Daniel F. Craviotto Jr., M.D., spoke for the latter group in an April 2 Wall Street Journal opinion piece titled, "A Doctor's Declaration of Independence." Craviotto, an orthopedic surgeon in Santa Barbara, California, makes the following points:
Aaron Carroll, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, writing in The Incidental Economist blog offered the following advice to unhappy doctors like Craviotto:
Dan Munro in a Forbes blog post made the following points in "An ePatient's Reply to 'A Doctor's Declaration of Independence'":
C. Otto Scharmer's "Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges," taught me that society can only create robust solutions to complex problems like healthcare delivery by understanding issues from the perspective of all involved. This blog post highlights the process by listening to an unhappy physician, a happy physician and an ei-patient. We must listen to other voices besides these three to come up with an improved American healthcare delivery system.
I try to read The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal every day; I try to watch both Fox News and MSNBC. I try to be open-minded because I need all the help I can get in understanding our rapidly changing, turbulent healthcare world.
Kent Bottles, M.D, is a lecturer at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health and chief medical officer of PYA Analytics.
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