Well, itâ€™s kind of glorious. Dr. Yul Ejnes was interviewed in the Sunday New York Times. If I were him Iâ€™d buy about 20 copies and frame them. Cranston is on the map, now. Itâ€™s the coolest thing since the national press reported that Paris Hiltonâ€™s aunt stayed at the ACI. Good article too. Itâ€™s about how traders and dot.commies are on the rise, while doctors and lawyers work harder and push more papers just to stay even.
The doctors are not the only ones who are drowning in paperwork. If I had a tree for every bale of useless forms I have had to fill out in my nursing jobs I could stop global warming.
Complaints about managed care crimping doctorsâ€™ income and authority over medical decisions are nothing new, but the problems are only getting worse, several doctors said.
â€œRemember the â€˜I Love Lucyâ€™ episode in the chocolate factory?â€? said Dr. Ejnes in Rhode Island. â€œThatâ€™s what a medical practice is now like. They keep turning up the speed on the conveyer belt, and before you know it, youâ€™re stuffing chocolates in your pockets.â€?
One doctor responding to the American College of Physician Executives survey wrote: â€œI find it necessary about once every month or two to stay in bed for 24 to 48 hours. I do this on short notice when I get the feeling I might punch somebody.â€?
I think they call that a mental health day. I take one myself, from time to time.
Somewhere, in an office in a gleaming tower, an insurance executive is dreaming up new forms for us to fill out. Itâ€™s American healthcare. Complicated, inefficient, and not getting better.