Since when do doctors need incentives? Isn't the term 'patient advocate' a redundancy? Is the gerbil wheel an apt metaphor or is this more of a convoluted habitrail for patients and doctors to lose each other in?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Pay for Performance
Critiquing the 'business of medicine' seems part history, comedy and tragedy, with the latter drama usually involving some compromise in the doctor-patient relationship. The latest attempt to encourage 'pay-for performance' as a potential antidote for the ills wrought by 'fee-for-service' seems like a tragedy waiting to happen.