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Why doctors are rebelling against saving lives Print E-mail
Written by Michael Breen, MD | KevinMD   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 00:00

When I was in medical school, "real" doctors saved lives. Period.

Specialists who focused on a patient's quality of life, (the plastic surgeons, bariatric surgeons, holistic practitioners, infertility experts, etc.) were considered sellouts. (We won't even consider the med school status of future psychiatrists.)

We disparaged these doctors because they could be saving lives and chose not to, because they were often paid (God forbid) out-of-pocket by their patients, and because they actively self-promoted themselves to the public (another doctor no-no). These "greedy" docs were scorned as entrepreneurs in a profession too sacred to be tainted by money. (This as traditional docs plundered third party payers. Don't get me started.)

Fast forward. Many future doctors now choose "quality of life" specialties.

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