As doctors we have a great deal of education and expertise in patient care and safety. We are uniquely trained to address critical situations in the operating room, the delivery room, in the intensive care unit, and in the emergency room during a crisis. We also deliver the most efficient and accurate diagnoses to avoid unnecessary costs and deliver the best outcomes. We stand firm in our commitment to providing the best care to patients and oppose efforts to remove physician involvement from patient care.
When it comes to receiving high-quality health care, patients expect physicians will be involved in medical diagnosis and treatment.
Health care is about fixing a problem. Patients expect the most qualified person – physicians with extensive training, education, and experience – to deal with the unexpected.
A national survey found 95% of US voters believe it is important for physicians to be involved in diagnoses and treatment decisions.
Additional research shows education, training, and experience are widely cited as essential to quality care, treatment, and diagnosis.
It makes sense! Patients pay insurance premiums and co-pays to “see a doctor.” Their belief and expectation is a doctor will be involved in diagnosing the problem and treating the medical issue.