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One of the things that has always surprised me about how hospitals and other medical facilities behave is how they put a lot of weight on patient satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong, patient satisfaction is important because medicine is a business at the end of the day (here in the United States). However, patient satisfaction should not be the most important thing in rating the level of medical care they received. This is especially true in urgent and emergency care settings where patients only encounter a provider once or twice in their multiple visits. For patients to be satisfied, I believe that they need to have a personal relationship with their provider. When they don’t, one or two bad interactions can just ruin the whole thing.

And don’t get me started on patients who walk in demanding antibiotics for inexistent infections, painkillers for psychological pain, or erectile dysfunction medicine when they’re healthy and in their 20s.

So here’s a good article on why patient satisfaction is, well, problematic:

The Mask Your Doctor Hides Behind” at The Daily Beast

What High School Economics Taught Me About Healthcare

One thing that I learned in economics in high school was that the price of a service or product, in a free market economy, rises or falls with the supply and demand. For example, when the supply of gasoline is low and the demand is high, the price goes up. Later, when the supply is high and the demand is…

The diagnosis you want or the diagnosis you need?

Ah, the US healthcare system. It’s so big and bloated and incredibly complicated. If I were to break a bone right now, I’d have to go to the ER, wait a few hours to be seen, wait some more to get an x-ray, wait a little more to get it in a cast. God forbid I need an orthopedic consult…

The dangers within healthcare

When I go to the hospital or to the doctor’s office, I expect several things. First, I expect to be treated with kindness. If my problem was self-imposed (e.g. obesity), I expect the healthcare provider(s) taking care of me to not point to me and laugh or blame me for my problem, even if it is my fault. I expect…