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Melissa Young, MD

Melissa Young, MD

Melissa Young, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist in private practice, an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a working suburban mother of two in Freehold, N.J.

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There is a fine line between being an educated patient advocate, and being a know-it-all family member who is in the medical field.

Usually, an employee leaving is bittersweet. But one recent departure was just bitter given the employee's behavior leading up to and following her resignation.

Someone tell me when a physician's relationship with a patient starts and how far does the physician's responsibility go until the patient receives care.

While the effect of the reform law isn't big for me, I'm seeing patients more aware — and not necessarily happy — about the cost associated with their care.

If we hope to reduce Medicare spending, how about we ask physicians for important strategies vs. just ensuring expensive equipment is used properly.

Getting patients to understand hospital privileges — and what I can do for them when admitted — is often a difficult discussion.

Sometimes insurance companies get between patients and their physicians; especially this time of year when health plans make changes.

Pulling strings, asking for professional courtesy, whatever you want to call it, it can put physicians in a very awkward position.

As a physician practicing where I live, I often interact with patients outside the office. Shouldn't I, and others, get compensated for that time?

A recent interaction involving a patient's mother makes me wonder why we can't dismiss family members and if there's a lawsuit on my horizon.

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