At dinner tonight, my wife asked me how I saw the future of medicine. Her concern surrounds the anticipated doctor shortage brought on by a combination of a growing population along with an increased disenchantment felt by doctors. The prospect of doctors opting out of primary care is one of the anticipated results caused by the trickle-down effect of ObamaCare.
My wife feels that computers will take over patient care. She may not be wrong when you consider that statistically, when a doctor walks into the treatment room to see their patient, within 18 seconds they knows what drug they are going to prescribe. It is easy to see that a nurse plugging the same symptoms into a computer can get a diagnosis within seconds. The computer can also generate a prescription sent directly to a pharmacy, as well as any recommended lab tests or X-rays, and any necessary referrals.
Of course, this scenario envisions a medical system that is no better and no worse than our present system. When are primary care doctors going to come to the realization that they are planning their own obsolescense and are just about at the point that they can be replaced by a machine.
Right now, the idea is to allow non-MD’s to write prescriptions – again a reflection of the fact that doctors are no longer true diagnosticians, but have become the Stepford Wives of the drug companies.
I am very much aware that my words will antagonize any primary care doctors that may be reading this article. But I would challenge anyone of them to point out where I might be wrong. I have been trying to change healthcare in this country by encouraging doctors to learn how to treat the causation of illness. I have written a manual to show them how to get hormones back in balance and to manage adrenaline, the underlying cause of most of the problems doctors are treating that they feel are incurable. I have written a book to show people how easy it is to get well just by treating the underlying cause of their problems.
Those primary care doctors who follow the ideas in these books can transform their practices, allowing themselves to enjoy what they are doing. There is a tremendous satisfaction that can be received by getting patients well. My patients came to me from all over the country and from all over the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if patients didn’t have to travel thousands of miles in order to get well.
There is a lot more to practicing medicine than giving out pills to lower blood sugars, blood pressure, and cholesterol, pills to get rid of pain from fibromyalgia, and pills for depression, insomnia, and anxiety. The art of medicine is to treat the underlying cause of these problems in order to get people off these medications.
Once that occurs, only then will primary care doctors become irreplaceable.