Dr. Hal Scherz, president and co-founder of Docs4PatientCare, has had a number of Op-Ed’s published in the WSJ. This latest is his best one and hits directly on the topic of how the PPACA is going to alter the doctor-patient relationship–and NOT for the better. He quotes extensively from a letter that D4PC is recommending physicians post in their offices or hand out to their patients:
“Dear Patient: Section 1311 of the new health care legislation gives the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and her appointees the power to establish care guidelines that your doctor must abide by or face penalties and fines. In making doctors answerable in the federal bureaucracy this bill effectively makes them government employees and means that you and your doctor are no longer in charge of your health care decisions. This new law politicizes medicine and in my opinion destroys the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship that makes the American health care system the best in the world.”
Read the rest of the editorial here.
The full D4PC letter is posted here.