The Doctor Business

The Doctor Business

The American physician has been portrayed, in turn, as snake-oil healer, charlatan, kindly old country doctor, and venerated high priest of the art of healing. Now, in a brutally changing world where vast corporations assume new power, he may be forced to say good-bye to his old independence. There have been outstanding individuals in the profession, but the implications of the Hippocratic oath have not always controlled doctors’ behavior. For many years organized medicine has frequently used its political clout against the day-to-day interests of patients in the real world. Paradoxically, some of the measures against which it battled have  later proved to be a bonanza for the physician. The American Medical Association fought fiercely against health-insurance measures submitted in the 1935 Social Security Act, and to this day it has been successful in preventing a national health insurance system.

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