Many people think that physicians are happy people.
Most physicians are quite the opposite: very unhappy.
Even though physicians get paid well, their work hours and quality of life during that time are so miserable that many wish they could do something else.
Why is it like this?
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Practicing medicine at its core is a very enjoyable and rewarding job. You get to help someone in their time of need, and can make a good living while doing it.
It is what we train for with all of the years spent in medical school and residency.
Part of practicing medicine in an enjoyable way is having autonomy. Something that is completely lacking in today’s physicians. Their autonomy has been stripped, but not the liability.
No one wants to touch that.
Physicians' autonomy has been stripped, but not the liability. No one wants to touch that. Click To Tweet
Over the years, our lack of organization and inability to say “no”, has led us to be heavily commoditized.
Large health conglomerations see us as nothing more than input-output machines.
Patients come in, and we output “productivity”. This may be great for making widgets but strips the humanity out of medicine.
Without humanity and relationship based practice, we are left with what we have today. A terrible model of healthcare delivery that leaves patients unsatisfied and doctors deeply unhappy.