The Personal Touch of Medical Care

Fernando Campos, MD
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January/February 2000
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Dear Editor,
As a physician my main concern is the health of my patients, and they are the ones who make the medical decisions for their care, treatment, drugs and consultations.

I came to this country because I wanted freedom of choice and the freedom to practice medicine in the best way possible. The first ten years I was able to work in my profession as I believed it should be done, but now I am very disappointed because of my inability to practice medicine the way it needs to be practiced, in the tradition of Hippocrates.

The "bureaucratic" doctors who work for insurance companies, HMOs (mismanaged care) and the government do not have the personal touch of patient care. They only read the physician's notes, the computerized information which is not the same as face-to-face encounters with the patient and sharing the patients' concerns which comes from the personal knowledge of their backgrounds and knowing their medical problems.

I have been reading articles from newspapers, periodicals, medical bulletins and journals, and I am convinced medicine has become so bureaucratized it is no longer what it once was. That is the reason I will not contribute any money to the Republicans who voted to protect the HMO objectives with the so-called Patient Bill of Rights which the Medical Association of Georgia called, "A sweetheart deal for HMOs that will hurt patients." Although I am disappointed with Republicans, I do not want to join the socialist Democrats who only want to tax us more and more. (As a doctor, I charge my patients fairly for the time I spend with them and I do not want someone dictating what I can charge.)

Chief Justice John Marshall once said, "The power to tax is also the power to destroy." In a sense, the amount a physician can charge a patient is dictated by the government, HMO, or insurance companies and I do not like it.

Fernando Campos, MD
Phoenix, AZ

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2000;5(1);1-3. Copyright©2000 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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