"Good things to happen to bad people."
Politics and money corrupt medical peer review. They thwart the interests of the public and the profession.
This situation will cost us all time, trust, and treasure as long as "mere administrative" proceedings conceal libel on the peer review committee. Would Federal laws requiring Due Process in Peer Review save patients' lives and money, and physicians' sanity?
It is a jungle out there. The saying in business is that
Drives Out Good." You complete 25 years of education to enter
practice, only to find that hard work is not always compensated.
Someone else is telling you that his arbitrary rules apply. He threatens
through an undemocratic committee to control your income and job
security. Is this covert slavery--corporate, competitive, or both?
... Even if the laws never
change, doctors entering practice or re-locating--even medical students
considering various scholarships--can make informed choices with
knowledge of the terrain ahead of them. They can avoid "buying a
first-class ticket on a wonderful train tour to the EAST on the finest
rolling stock available" (as advertised in BERLIN during the War. The
trains entered the camps.).
Is there a less-cumbersome approach? (Remember, every medical
dollar spent on a non-medical salary detracts from the care you
receive--how many "K-Mart greeters" and "health-education promoters
and coordinators" do you want to support before you finally get to the
doctor at the back of the store?)
Read this article on peer review published in April, 2001: http://www.uoworks.com/content112.html.
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