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Physician-patient relationship is alive and well


That’s because of physicians’ satisfactions from their continued close relationship with their parents.

Dr. Ofri notes:

“A new study by the Physicians Foundation of more than 1,500 patients found that more than 90 percent of patients were satisfied with their relationship with their primary care doctor. They felt that their doctors were respectful of them, listened well, explained well, and had a good understanding of their medical history.

“On the surface, this seems to contradict the dyspeptic view of medicine we hear about in the media. But it actually reflects the larger truth that most patient rancor is directed not toward the doctor but to the bureaucratic aspects of medicine — the cost, the hassle, the opaqueness. On the whole, patients are happy with the medical care they receive from their primary-care doctors — once they’ve slogged through the seven circles of pre-authorization purgatory to get there.”

To read all of Dr. Ofri’s essay, please hit this link.

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