Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ACA intentionally undermines the Doctor-Patient relationship

The new healthcare law has multiple provisions which disrupt individualized decision-making between the physician and patient. This is no accident. It is by concerted design.

Dr. Donald Berwick, the new head of CMS, wrote the following on the doctor-patient relationship:

“Today, this isolated relationship is no longer tenable or possible… Traditional medical ethics, based on the doctor-patient dyad must be reformulated to fit the new mold of the delivery of health care...Regulation must evolve. Regulating for improved medical care involves designing appropriate rules with authority...Health care is being rationalized through critical pathways and guidelines. The primary function of regulation in health care, especially as it affects the quality of medical care, is to constrain decentralized, individualized decision making.” (emphasis added)

from New Rules, by Donald Berwick

Read the rest at The Black Ribbon Project.


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