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What Physicians Still Love about Medicine

What Physicians Still Love about Medicine

Being a physician today is a lot different than 10 years ago. More and more regulations from the government and third-party payers are overwhelming physicians and burnout continues to be a problem for many.  It has become easier for doctors to forget about why they became a physician in the first place. And those in other practice-based roles are facing the same crisis.

Can you still love being a physician/nurse practitioner/physician assistant/etc., in 2017 or have regulations, such as Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting System, and the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), ruined it for good? We asked members of our editorial advisory board how they felt. Here's what they had to say.

(Do you still have love for being a practitioner in 2017? Share your thoughts below in the comments section or by tweeting us @PhysiciansPract.)


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I have always loved patient care, it is well, what will keeps me in this profession. In the business of healthcare, we must all remember that medicine is a profession and not a business and the two entities always have the potential for conflict. Healthcare equals chart care, i.e., a balance sheet filled with megabytes of data entry for micromanaging a patient's chart on a computer, ultimately for services rendered and accounts receivable. As a profession, and as physicians, hopefully we can find creative solutions that enable us to practice medicine and function within the guise of healthcare as patient care. Medicine remains a noble profession and for now, I will remain, truly taking care of patients.

sarah @

Making patients better by both medical as well as surgical interventions remains enormously gratifying personally and intellectually. I can't think of a career that would have been more satisfying.

My dissatisfaction stems from having to be a data entry clerk IN ADDITION to being a physician.

Think about it ...... US physicians are the most educated data entry clerks in the world!

Smart businesses have their workers perform at the top of their skill set. How could we in medicine have been so dumb?

John @

I have worked as an administrator in the medical field for 37 years. The reality of having a single doctor from cradle to grave who just keeps all that information in his head with a few unreadable scribbles on a piece of paper is gone forever. In many places there are no longer enough providers to care for patients, so they may see a number of different health care professionals even in their primary care setting. Not to mention all the fractured services provided across multiple settings for lab and X-ray, and speciality care. And people access health care much more than they did in years past because they can.

When we see things from the patient's point of view, I think it is easy to see that careful documentation and "data entry" is vital to provide the best care we possibly can across the health care spectrum.

Jane @

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