People are quick to accept non-answers from specialists, to be misconstrued by ER doctors, and to spend a week in the hospital without knowing what is going on. Other doctors are far too willing to accept fragmented care, not knowing the context of the current hospitalization or outpatient consultation.
The following is an actual fictional conversation that took place in the doctor\’s lounge at a local hospital. Internist – Dang, these Medicare cuts are coming and I doubt that congress has the wits to avoid them. I am not sure I can go on practicing if they cut them any more. Family Physician –