Healthcare

Kept in the Dark About Doctors, but Having to Pick a Health Plan

This article addresses the issue of finding network doctors but also assessing the quality of those doctors.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/upshot/obamacare-doctors-health-plan-enrollment.html?emc=edit_tnt_20171114&nlid=17288545&tntemail0=y[/embed]

I maintain that we don’t even know how to define and measure quality and that it is virtually possible to assess the quality of ones doctor.

I also believe that virtually all doctors strive to provide the best care possible as they see it, but with so many variables and changing views that practically guarantees differences in care.

I think quality care includes knowing when not to provide or suggest more treatment, tests, etc. and communicating that to the patient.

I believe it all comes down to the patient’s level of comfort and trust with their doctor and knowing when to ask questions and to seek another opinion which a doctor providing quality care will not discourage.

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