My Thoughts on the Role of the Doctor in Healthcare

My Thoughts on the Role of the Doctor in Healthcare

Personally, I don't need a surgeon to also know a ton about corporate structures, financing, and back office management. I want her to be the best damn surgeon she can be.

The role of the doctor in healthcare.

I saw a poll recently basically surveying what additional competencies doctors should learn in medical school

And this is something I have heard proposed and discussed in the past. I have likely even said something to the effect of, “we need to have doctors learn about insurance and navigating reimbursement, coverage, etc.”

Some of the responses and general thought is that perhaps doctors also need to learn more about business, finance, insurance, reimbursement. I have heard others

I am not sure I would readily agree anymore.

When starting a company, something often overlooked and approached with a certain amount of ego, is partnering or hiring to account for areas of weakness.

Meaning, if you are a doctor, for example, you should be a good doctor but also try to have your arms around everything and be the head of finance, operations, marketing, etc.

But I say you triple down on being the best damn doctor you can be and hire or partner for business, finance, whatever.

Build a complete team and focus relentlessly on strengths

Personally, I don’t need a surgeon to also know a ton about corporate structures, financing, and back office management. I want her to be the best damn surgeon she can be.

Nice too. I also want her to be nice.

Triple down on strengths. Entrepreneurs, doctors, nurses, house builders. Triple down.

Because we live in an infinite economy now, there are plenty of people who are the right partner to build the right team around you of complementary strengths.

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