What kinds of problems will Physicians be facing in the future?

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I got owned (I think) on this question at my last interview. I mentioned the cultural battle behind abortion, Embryonic stem cell research, and probably other crap I pulled out of my a$$. How would you guys go about answering this? I really need some ideas! Thanks!
 
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Declining reimbursements, rising malpractice insurance premiums, lawsuits, midlevel encroachment, and long work hours.

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also government control.
 

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Everyone, I mean EVERYONE will want some sort of plastic surgery.

In our media-driven world those of us that now claim to be the least superficial will be first in line for boobies, solid butts, bigger lips, bigger male genitalia.

Trust me, I'm not a doctor....yet.
 

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An excessive preoccupation with shoes and chocolate within the profession, as an ever-greater proportion of doctors are women.

Very witty. I understand, though - you're upset because of the ever-increasing probability that a woman will be doing your next DRE.
 

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i got this question and talked about the rise of medical costs and the declining access to health care. i read the book "health care meltdown" by Bob Lebow and it really helped me talk about health care in my interviews.
 

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Academic medicine is in crises not just in the United States, but ini all countries around the world. The gap between the best, evidence-based practice and what actually happens is substantial. It is becoming impossible for a person to be competent simultaneously in practice, research, and teaching. The use of citation indices in research assessment is inappropriate and may be obstructive. Research is often not concerned with the biggest health problems. Problems with career progression are particularly salient for women. Medical education does not prepare graduates for careers in modern medicine. Academic medicine relates poorly to its stakeholders: patients, policymakers, practitioners, the public, and the media. Leadershipis is often inadequate
 

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Best way to answer this question is to get some clues about the interviewer.

If they are an OB/GYN or a Internal Med, or any other primary care, talk about universal healthcare, the uninsured, etc.

If they are a PhD, you could do stem cells, talk about defensive medicine vs scientific based medicine, etc.

If they are like a surgeon or something, talk about rising malpractice or insurance premiums for docs.

That's if you want to be sneaky. In most cases, you could talk about anything, and if you have an informed opinion, you will be fine.
 

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i got this question and talked about the rise of medical costs and the declining access to health care. i read the book "health care meltdown" by Bob Lebow and it really helped me talk about health care in my interviews.

Excellent book.

I read that and also Understanding Health POlicy by Grumbach and Bodenheimer for my itnerviews.

access and financing - branch off from there.
 

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Thanks for the responses everyone. In terms of high uninsured rates in the U.S (~47 million), would this be a problem physicians will be facing? I was thinking more along the lines of a problem/dilemma physicians will be facing in the clinic or research.
 

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Thanks for the responses everyone. In terms of high uninsured rates in the U.S (~47 million), would this be a problem physicians will be facing? I was thinking more along the lines of a problem/dilemma physicians will be facing in the clinic or research.

Well it is a problem you will see in ER rotations or if you become an ER doctor, because all those uninsured people will flock to ERs.

It might also affect doctors depending on what type of restructuring reform we are looking at. Right now we are in like a diamond structure, with less primary care and tertiary care physicians, with a crapload of secondary care physicians. Generally proponents of universal healthcare think that alleviating the financing problem will also need access reform too because you're looking at 47 million Americans who suddenly have insurance.

So if the shape of physician specialty distribution becomes more like a pyramid, with the largest amount of docs being primary care, might become a problem because first off primary care docs aren't reimbursed very well and also there's not as much interest as say the ROAD to success. But I'd imagine if something like this happened, reimbursement reform would be part of the package. Anyway, that's only one example of how reform of uninsured would impact physicians as well as patients...
 

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Excellent book.

I read that and also Understanding Health POlicy by Grumbach and Bodenheimer for my itnerviews.

access and financing - branch off from there.

I read Healthcare Meltdown when you recommended it in another thread. Great book! It definitely helped to have that knowledge going into some of my interviews. Thanks for the advice.
 

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Probably the number of uninsured people. Legitimate predictions put this number at 50 million by 2008, 60 million by 2012, and 75 million by the 2016 election. When will these sweet neocons learn...
 

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Probably the number of uninsured people. Legitimate predictions put this number at 50 million by 2008, 60 million by 2012, and 75 million by the 2016 election. When will these sweet neocons learn...

Basically growing at the same rate as illegal immigration.
 
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