Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Will Health Care Reform Help Doctors Give Patients More Attention?


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How awesome would it be if all doctors were able to dedicate this kind of attention to their patients? Our current system makes that next to impossible, but hopefully reforms are on the way to improve the situation.

If All Doctors Had More Time to Listen

Sitting with his patient and her son, Dr. Batlle cut the number of her medicines to four. He also gave the family his personal cellphone number.

Before coming to see him, the woman had endured several emergency-room visits and hospital stays. With Dr. Batlle, she was able to avoid all of that.

Calling a doctor on his cell? No waiting for an appointment? It’s the type of service that Dr. Batlle tries to offer to all of his 1,500 patients. “I prefer to keep them healthy than treat them when they are sick,” he says.


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