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Editor's Correspondence
October 12, 1998

Managed Care: Our Self-inflicted Illness and How to Eradicate It

Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(18):2067. doi:

With respect to the editorial by Alpert,1 I believe that the health care situation we are in is not "a brain tumor," but a total depressive state. Managed care is here and will continue to change our profession as it pleases. I take pleasure in my career and everyday encounters with patients, in finding murmurs and giving visas to new immigrants, but I do not like any of the business aspects of health care. As long as we allow managed care to dictate our daily lives and as long as we accept it, we will have a "brain tumor" in our health care system; however, transient ischemic attacks and the big cerebrovascular accident, the big stroke, is coming. When it arrives, we will be replaced by physician assistants, nurses, or other clerks. Come on, let us get together and tell them this is enough. Medicine should be dictated by physicians, not by clerks or chief executive officers on Wall Street. Let us have solidarity with the academicians and other fellow physicians who go bankrupt. Let us be like the airline pilots, let us be like the air traffic controllers, and let us be like the Teamsters. Let us get together and treat managed care like a brain tumor and we will succeed! We know.

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