US healthcare is inefficient and most expensive, costing more than what nearly every nation in the world makes in a year
Every physician goes through 10 or more years of training
The highest value for physicians is the physician-patient relationship
As a physician, one out of every five days is spent on documentation, that is 50 full workdays a year, every year. In that same time, the physician could see 250 more patients, attend 10 full day medical conferences, spend 2 weeks in advance training and another week giving charity care.
As a patient, this means that a 1st appointment with a new physician takes an average of 24 days, nationally. Depending on where the patient lives, the average can be as little as 8 days or as long as 100 days. However, each day spent is another day with pain, worry, or just giving up until the problem gets worse. Of course, this all assumes that patients are available when the doctor has an opening, but patients have their own schedules and their own employers.
Everyday patients see physicians, but how do they find them? Finding the right physician is a hodgepodge of “who takes my insurance” and what are the online reviews. But online reviews are fraught with problems. From the inability to validate the reviews come from a bona fide patient to lack of medical specificity, there is insufficient high-value information. Medical specificity is arguably the biggest…where just two bad reviews, out of thousands of patients seen by a single physician, can inaccurately sway a decision. What if the same physician happens to be in the top 1% of all physicians in the field for a specific operation? And if that operation was for removing cancer? Suddenly, the decisions can shift and be life altering.