On putting patients first

by Allan Joseph

I had a post this weekend at KevinMD.com on how physicians should balance their interests with those of their patients, including some thoughts on physician pay. Here’s an excerpt:

If we’re to care for these people — by providing insurance, or better access to nutrition, or universal long-term care — then we’ll need money. If we want to make it more attractive for physicians to enter primary care, we’ll have to pay them more. The money has to come from somewhere. Some of it will come from specialists, and wealthy physicians. … If we’re in this for the best of intentions, to sacrifice our own good for the good of our patients, then we need to put them first. And that includes in how we talk about our jobs, our pay, and our priorities — especially when we talk to lawmakers.  

 Here’s the link to the whole thing — if you have any thoughts, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Allan Joseph is a first year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he is pursuing an MD/MPP. You can follow him on Twitter @allanmjoseph.

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