Healing Our Healers Through the Patient-Doctor Relationship: Speaker and student presentations from BRI’s 5th Annual Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MO.
Last September, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the American Academy of Private Physicians’ (AAPP) annual conference to learn about the most current state of private medicine. Many attendees at the conference were physicians looking to start their own private practice or a concierge practice, and many were looking for tips to enhance current […]
We need all 320 million Americans asking “irrational” questions about healthcare. Questions that challenge the assumptions of the system like, “Why do I get more time with my hairdresser than my doctor?”
“Family practice is not what it used to be. You’ve gone through too much school and assumed too much debt not to go on and specialize in something.”
Health care is the ultimate test of libertarian principles. As Bryan Caplan, economics professor at George Mason University, wrote in a 2012 blog post, we are often asked, “What if a poor person gets sick, doesn’t have insurance, and can’t get friends, family, or charity to pay for treatment?”
“Congress must have the courage and commitment to fully repeal ObamaCare and replace with policy restoring beneficial market forces to the private insurance market. Transformational healthcare market reform will lower healthcare insurance and healthcare cost, grow employment and the economy; and growing the economy is the foundation for credibly lowering the national debt.” ~Dr. N. Pandelidis, orthopedic surgeon
By Nicholas Pandelidis, MD Nicholas Pandelidis, MD is an orthopedic surgeon with special training and expertise in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of back and neck disorders. Dr. Pandelidis’s practice is dedicated exclusively to spine care and orthopedics. He has been practicing medicine in the York, PA area for over twenty years. Part 1: Problems […]
“Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions—all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.” ~Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
To be fair, the conference was titled “…Health Law Year in P/Review.” Given our lack of market influence in healthcare prior to the ACA, and even less of it now, a review of the past year and a preview of the current year should not involve a discussion of the actual root causes of our healthcare system’s issues. Sarcasm aside, these are issues that people must begin having serious discussions about. Rather than accepting the status quo and searching only for top down approaches to regulating healthcare, a critical analysis as to the cause of rising prices and lack of access should be undertaken, after which thoughtful policies aimed at mitigating costs could actually be implemented. We need people to have access to care, not insurance. Perhaps Abigail Moncrieff was correct in asserting that Obamacare has anchored what is acceptable as policy, and perhaps this itself is the problem.
In a humble conference room in St. Louis, medical student attendees heard eight speakers from diverse backgrounds enlighten them about the promise of healthcare freedom and protecting the patient-doctor relationship, and showed them—as future doctors—how they can be excited again about a positive future in medicine.