Sunday, March 08, 2009

Why doctor profiling is a bad idea

Why doctor profiling is a bad idea: "Profiling is an insult to doctors and just another example of how bad it can get for doctors when they let insurers decide on standards for quality and cost-effectiveness. Eventually, profiling will be used to make doctors conform to the conveyor- belt policy that is suited for dealing with inanimate objects like automobiles, computers and radios.

Profiling represents one of modern medicine’s great inconsistencies. Because it is driven by strategies dedicated in part to generating profits for shareholders, it is incompatible with the qualities of caring and service that patients expect from doctors."

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