The Real Value Of A Physician-Patient Relationship

Check this out. What you will see is a fascinating NYT article. Warning. It is long, but worth it. The punchline is that it is possible, through experimentation, to determine the dollar value of the physician-patient relationship. How? By comparing what happens to patients (outcomes, cost of treatment, etc.) when they are treated by the same doctor regardless of setting vs. when they get turfed from their PCP to a Hospitalist.

Bottom Line. At the end of the article, you get hit with the real punchline. While in 2018 it is extremely important to evaluate the “best” care model in terms of “value,” it is also extremely important to discern what model provides the best “meaning.” Translated, cheapest is not necessarily best when viewed from the patient’s perspective. OR. From the doctor’s!

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