Monday, September 8, 2014
Are We Emasculating Our Physicians?
Not a moment later, a fax was returned to my office, Although I had filled out the durable medical equipment form correctly, medicare wouldn't accept it. Apparently I had typed instead of hand written the date.
My hospice patient wasn't doing so great either. Actively dying in the nursing home, I had written a prescription for morphine hours ago. Unfortunately the pharmacy wouldn't fill my order. Although I had specified the numeric version of the quantity on the script, I hadn't also spelled it out. The pharmacist on the phone was less than apologetic. Government regulation!
There is no question that physicians should not be above the regular pains and hassles of any professional workforce. I accept that governments regulate industry and sometimes one has to deal with nonsensical rules from time to time. But the recent systemic demoralization of this highly skilled and trained group of individuals is having untoward effects.
Facing arduous and difficult decisions while being distracted by an ever-growing mound of minutia molded by technocrats and enforced by unskilled labor is nothing less than emasculating. It is no wonder why the modern day physician is becoming ever more distant and emotionally as well as physically unavailable.
If we truly want to build a high value, high quality version of our healthcare system, we need our physician workforce to feel a strong sense of internal motivation and pride in their work product.
We can't do this if we keep cutting them off at the legs.
Posted by Jordan Grumet at 7:03 PM