In response to the article in the Boston Globe July 2, 2017. View the article here.
The solution is not to restrict but allow choice. There are few things more personal in life than your health or the health of a loved one. Right to choose is not only important for a pregnant woman but for a cancer patient or someone with glaucoma. It's amazing how tone deaf we have become focusing on the priorities of a system over those of a patient.
Until we realize medicine is a service not a commodity, and patients are not consumers, but those in need of care, no one will ever be happy or satisfied waiting in a waiting room, nor should they be.
The solutions, and there are many, should include increasing access to local physicians, many of whom were excluded or reassigned from networks. The costs need to be transparent so patients aren't afraid to find what is best for them. The system will then correct itself. Just take good care of the patient and everyone will be happy. It's really not that hard to do.
Paula Muto MD FACS