July 19th, 2007

Family Ties

In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, family physician Dr. Benjamin Brewer made a passionate and compelling case for protecting and shoring-up the relationship between the family practitioner and patient.

A close and long-standing relationship benefits both parties — patients gain from going to a physician who knows them well, and physicians get to know their patients and understand their needs. I particularly liked the following paragraph:

One of the joys of being a family doctor is the relationships that I’ve developed with my patients over the last 10 years. It’s the source of energy that keeps me going after a night up delivering babies or a day of business hassles. The sense of being needed and contributing to the fabric of the community is the best job satisfaction there is.

For the benefit of the patient and the community, Dr. Brewer explained that we need to preserve the doctor-patient relationship — and that quality care can be delivered at a fair cost.

I agree.

One Response to “Family Ties”

  1. Nathan Lynn says

    I could not agree more. As a first time father, my 3 week old son was having problems keeping down his formula. When we brought our son to our Pediatrician, he let us know he wanted to run some routine tests to check for a certain condition. When I asked him how to spell this condition, he replied, “No. I don’t want you to look it up on the internet and start to worry and get upset. I’ll tell you when to worry.” At that moment I knew I was in good hands. So much so that our when our son was 3yrs old and diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic,our Pediatrician insisted that we see the very best Pediatric Endocrinologist in our area so that we received the very best care.

    That type of care is priceless!

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