Why Doctors Should Organize | New Yorker

Prescient article written by Eric Topol. Given the many challenges our countries face and the direct medical implications of those challenges, doctors should be coming together as a force for change.

I especially enjoyed his skewering of medical professional societies:

The power and impact of medical organizations is further diminished because their priority—supporting their constituents—is often at odds with the needs of the public. As a long-term member of the American College of Cardiology, I was impressed with how effectively the organization lobbied for preserving the reimbursement rates of cardiologists…But the A.C.C. does very little to promote the interests of patients, which is why I have recently withheld my dues. Like many medical societies, it is primarily a trade guild centered on the finances of doctors.

Permalink