Anticipated Changes in the Doctor-Patient Relationship in the Managed Care and Managed Competition of the Health Security Act of 1993
La Puma, John
Archives of Family Medicine. 1994 Aug; 3(8): 665-671.
The doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of medical ethics, yet the relationship will change significantly under the Health Security Act of 1993. In a way, managed care and managed competition are a return to the old medical ethics: doing everything reasonable and probably beneficial for all, instead of going all out for each. Five central questions may help physicians and policy makers anticipate a paradigm shift in ethics. An analysis of these questions suggests that managed care and managed competition challenge physicians' roles as trustworthy patient advocates. Fortifying doctor-patient relationships in managed care would be prudent and wise and would help to achieve the ethical allocation of limited resources. By protecting patients' personal medical interests and empowering patients to do the same, doctors can attempt to safeguard trust. Both doctors and patients want to have strong, personal, values-oriented relationships. Whether such relationships are possible under the Health Security Act remains to be seen.
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Autonomy; Costs and Benefits; Consultation; Disclosure; Doctors; Economics; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Reform; Incentives; Managed Care Programs; Medical Ethics; Managed Care; Patient Advocacy; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Primary Health Care; Professional Patient Relationship; Referral and Consultation; Remuneration; Resource Allocation; Trust; Values; Withholding Treatment;
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