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US Healthcare is Bad

Daniel Paull MD tells us why he believes that healthcare in the US is mostly bad.

November 18, 2023

Our healthcare system in the US is terrible.

We have very skilled physicians and very advanced technology, and are very capable of providing world class care.

But more often than not, instead of providing world class care, we deliver substandard factory line style care that doesn’t help anybody.

Physicians don’t like this. Ask a physician if they like seeing 50 people a day while spending more time documenting than they do with patient care.

Patients certainly don’t like this, just think about the last time you went to see the doctor and what it felt like.

 

Physicians don't like this. Ask a physician if they like seeing 50 people a day while spending more time documenting than they do with patient care. Click To Tweet

 

Insurance companies have forced practices into high volume medicine, and physicians have given up almost all of their autonomy by letting those in administration grab the reigns.

What we are left with is, generally speaking, terrible healthcare.

The physicians are good, the technology is good, the business model of care delivery is awful.

 

"The business model of care delivery is awful."

 

How do we fix it?

We need to move away from those entities that are making the delivery of care worse, namely those that don’t actually give care, but insert themselves in the doctor patient relationship.

Can we do this all at once? No way.

It needs to be done in pieces. Support your local direct care practice.

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