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Managed Care and the Patient-Physician Relationship
This paper evaluates how managed care services are changing the dynamics of the patient-physician relationship.
# 92286 | 3,270 words | 14 sources | MLA | 1997 | US
Published on Feb 18, 2007 in Business (Industries) , Business (Administration) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper evaluates managed care and its negative implications on the patient-physician relationship. The author views managed health care as a serious threat to the trust embodied within the traditional patient-physician relationship. It is further argued that if this trust erodes, there cannot be any assurance about the adequacy of that health care system.

A Physician's Conflicting Loyalties
Managed Care Compromises Patient Autonomy
Ethical Problems Associated with Financial Incentives to Limit Care
Solution: Preserving the Physician's Role

From the Paper:

"The foundation of the physician-patient relationship is the trust embodied within. It is based on the premise that physicians are primarily dedicated toward their patients, who can expect that physicians will honorably serve them even if it means putting the physician's own health at risk. They can rely on physicians to do everything in their power to help them. (Morreim, 23) It is this trust that enables patients to communicate private information and to place their health, and indeed their lives, in the hands of their physicians. No other individual in the health care system is in a position to assume such an important responsibility, such as the one that physicians have towards their patients. It is this trust between physicians and patients which is the backbone of any successful health care system; without it, there can be no assurance about the adequacy of that system."

Sample of Sources Used:

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