Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
One of the ironies of medical care in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century is that patient satisfaction often is low despite major improvements in medical technology and therapeutics. For the 43 million Americans without medical insurance coverage, there is understandable dissatisfaction that they do not have access to those improvements, or even to basic primary care. For those with access to care, dissatisfaction is often related to the patient-physician relationship.1 The needs of patients to be listened to and understood by their doctors (assuming the patient knows who is his or her doctor) often are not met.
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