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Titel: Saving the Soul of Medicine
Verlag: Robert Reed Publishers, US
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Inhaltsangabe: Tale an intimate journey with a concerned physician during the last year of her participation in managed health care. Excerpts from her journal express the heart and soul of an anguished physician. Dismayed by the lack of understanding about the true impact of changes brought on by "managed care," she collected stories and viewpoints from her patients which dramatically capture their feelings and opinions about the new health care model. Essays also highlight the impact of managed care on physicians and other health care and professionals and employees. Their lives, careers, and aspirations have been painfully unsettled. Why do physicians cooperate in spite of their anger and misery? Several essays provide insight into this seemingly inexplicable behavior. The book explores the spiritual dimension of the physician-patient relationship; one that is excluded by present managed health care mandates. Viable alternatives and solutions are suggested for healing our current health care system.
Experienced in managed care and fee-for-service practice, gynecologist Mahony knows whereof she writes and writes well. The conflict between the two types of care is between avarice and ethics, she says. Managed care and insurance administrators claim they are cutting costs, but their insistence on bureaucratic rules frequently causes harmful, even dangerous, delays that ultimately cost businesses and patients more money. Mahony cites many such incidents, some of them appalling. Managed care sees medicine as a service, and that attitude is easily assumed by patients, who see an HMO visit as very like visiting, say, Jiffy Lube. Physicians and patients need time to develop trust and to form human relationships, however, and this is where soul enters the picture. Physician and patient must talk and listen to each other profoundly; doing otherwise makes the profession of medicine just an impersonal business. This remarkable book is no idealistic, ivory-tower exercise. Mahony writes of real physicians and patients and practically suggests how medical and hospital practice may be again what they should be. William Beatty
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