The Risks That Come With Assembly Line Medicine
Check this out. Very reasonably, this blog questions whether medical practices should operate at the same speed as delicatessens do, grinding out patients/sandwiches as quickly as possible. In fact, she specifically identifies 5 risks of assembly line medicine. Things like treating only the presenting problem rather than having the opportunity to examine the whole patient, insufficient time for patients to develop relationships and trust, and yes, the physician burnout that comes with having to see too many patients too quickly.
Bottom Line. This blogging physician points out that unlike physician employees, doctors in private practices like hers can call their own cadence. BUT. Since reimbursement levels are remaining the same over time, she pays a price for having this latitude.
Worth the price? Individual doctors clearly have to decide for themselves.