Very interesting article, thanks NRSKaren for posting it.
I found the following paragraph very interesting:
Hospitals should be in service to their physicians. Indeed, the only reason the hospital exists is because a physician reaches a diagnostic conclusion that his or her patient would be safer in the hospital rather than at home. The assets of the hospital need to be leveraged to help physicians get through their day in a less frazzled way. Just by way of example, hospitals should be helping their affiliated physicians with recruitment, physician practice support, assistance in health insurance contracting, marketing, group purchasing opportunities and others.
At my hospital, the culture of physician superiority and worship has already been implemented. At our big "customer service" pow-wow we were all forced to attend a few weeks back, we were told that physicians were our customers because after all they can choose to admit their patients to other hospitals. (translation: kiss their arses because they bring in the bucks) I also find it interesting that there was no mention of nurses or the shortage affecting the physician work environment, they just don't get it do they?
I can understand their frustration to a point. The malpractice insurance
issue alone is tragic and symptomatic of the litigious society we live in. But everybody, including the physicians, can take the blame for that.
A co-worker and myself were discussing the issue of physician money just yesterday. She told me that one of the docs she used to work with turned into such a jerk as the years went by and she confronted him at one point and told him if he was so burnt out he needed to quit. He said that he couldn't, he had the kids in private school, the country club membership, they just bought a bigger house, and the wife was pressing him for a big vacation every year.
With the many Americans facing layoffs and the average physician income still way above what the rest of us enjoy, I think they are off the wall to complain the way they do. But then again, why should they give up the prestige and the money they have always enjoyed unopposed? Will somebody pass a hat?