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Thursday, November 1, 2007

On the blogs: advice for Big Papi, primary-care pressures

Everyone has a piece of advice for the World Champion Boston Red Sox, even healthcare advocates. Although it seems unlikely that he asked, Health Care For All's Consumer Health Quality Council member Linda Klein has suggestions for slugger David Ortiz when he has knee surgery.

"I understand you will be undergoing knee surgery soon," she wrote. "Enclosed please find a list of steps patients can take to protect themselves from infection."

Saying independent primary care practice has become impossible, Kevin, M.D. links to a Concord (N.H.) Monitor story about five primary care doctors who left a Dartmouth-Hitchcock group practice to strike out on their own to avoid what they called micromanagement from the hospital. After eight years, they returned to hospital ownership, the story says. It's the second group Concord Hospital has bought this year, according to the paper.

"The bottom line is it's about money," Dr. Frank Betchart told the Monitor. "The expenses and costs of doing business were going up and the revenue was flat, and there wasn't anything we could do to counter that except seeing more patients, which didn't make sense."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 01:46 PM
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