Physicians: The Culture of Complainers (Part 3)

Dr. Adam Tabriz

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Physicians Blame Healthcare Technology

We have been lamenting about the interruption that technological mandates have brought to physician practices in the recent decade. But technology can leverage doctor’s practice only if used in the right way. According to a Study Physician, Burnout seems to correlate with Electronic Health Record Usage (EHR) directly. Forty percent of physician burnout is attributable to EHRs, up from the previously estimated 13 percent. That is why powerful technologies like EHR have met with many criticisms from physicians, some of which turn out to be accurate. With the advent of the Merit-based physician reimbursement, a medical record that used to be a few lines to document now may be over two pages long. That is even more stressful when the patient visits time lowered to 15 min or less!

In 2009, when the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act was enacted into legislation, EHRs were reckoned to lessen administrative burden, lead to more cost-effective healthcare, and reduce paper waste. But so far, it hasn’t. Instead has created more physician whiners.

The Black Hat physician attitudes have not worked in their interest in information technology. Instead, it has created a vacuum for other industry impresarios, information, and the insurance industry, significantly to meddle in the healthcare realm. Doing so has uttered physicians’ taking a follower stance rather than a leadership role, just if physicians should assume the pre-programmed algorithms. That is why the use case of the common Electronic health records is not in line with physician practices.

The role of doctors traditionally has been standard in their profession to use their skills to treat patients. The doctor-patient relationship was one of the most fundamental aspects which stood the test of time. But many powers in the 21st-Century realm are seeking to disrupt the doctor-patient relationship. So being critical by default will not benefit the physicians and surely won’t help the patients. Modern doctors must shape themselves as significant-concerning fundamental to improve their understanding of the essential technologies during the phase of evolution. Such a process should start in the medical schools to become adept in handling the technologies right from the beginning of their practice.

The doctors’ skill has to be coherent and rapt in the right path for creating the right implement that will aid domains healthcare alike.

Physicians Blaming the Healthcare Policies

As large healthcare systems and medical cultures attempt to address physician burnout, much of what they endorse eventually lays the burden on physicians to fix the problem. Implementing team-based care to time investment, peer support, and introducing more mindfulness into practice only displaces physicians’ responsibility from one form to another or simply swipes it under the rug. That is the reason why physicians typically complain, and policies hardly solve their problems.

Today States have taken upon themselves to regulate numerous aspects of healthcare logistics from financing, assembling the necessary means through public funding, pooling resources, and overseeing the process of resource allocation. Such substantial involvement of the administration in healthcare affairs has made the core players of the healthcare system dependent on their officialism exploits. That further alienates the patients and physicians from the vision and mission of genuine healthcare. Such capacity is personal as the healthcare system is constrained to the corporate lobbyist efforts and exclusive war amongst various factions. It will indeed be adversely affected, based on political affiliation rather than patient-focused tactical missions of healthcare scholars, further estranging the medical professionals.

Indeed, physicians are correct when they blame the policymakers for the wrong decisions they make. For instance, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turned out non-affordable care for those intended to serve. It raised deductibles and opened the door to surprise medical bills. Likewise, ACA didn’t turn out to be beneficial for independent physicians. Also, the money that is going to the healthcare system is not producing the coveted quality.

Physicians know that healthcare is not just about mandating and expanding coverage. And that they cannot improve healthcare quality by spending increased amounts of money or by raising taxes. The medical community can’t afford to depend on Non-Medical Personalities for Intervention. Then again, complaining is not reducing the healthcare burden. Wrong policies are the upshot of doctor alienation from the administrative arena. Their estrangement is the symptom of their passive Black Hat attitudes that hinder them from taking embracing actions. That means some decisions are intended to be made based on the principle: “Choosing the best option we have for the time, rather than waiting for the best solution to knock our door so we can support.”

Physicians Fault the Insurance Industry

There is no doubt that the insurance industry and their pharmaceutical counterparts play a significant role in healthcare costs, how much physician reimbursement should be, or what services patients are ought to receive. Then again, we often overlook the fact that the insurance industry is not a welfare organization. It has never been and will probably stay that way. So, blaming the insurance industry is just as if one indicts the lawyer for charging hefty fees for services they render or a physician billing a patient for a procedure performed. Maybe it is time for physicians to support patients to take a proactive role in engaging the competitive market.

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Adam Tabriz is a Physician, Writer, Entrepreneur, and public health policy, expert. He is an advocate for Personal liberty. The combination of his experience and expertise underlines his passion for advocating true “Personalized Healthcare” and “Healthcare without Borders.” His favorite slogan is: “Peace of mind would come to all people through the universal respect for the basic human rights of everyone”

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