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Why I Almost Fired My Doctor
Today, those figures might be even higher: With the upheavals in insurance coverage
and physicians increasingly available at a pharmacy, urgent care center or via telemedicine, some people no longer even visit their own primary care doctors.
“The electronic medical record has turned physicians into data entry technicians,” Dr. Russell
Phillips, director of the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School, told me.
“It’s a trend that reflects the state of medicine today,” Dr. Danielle Ofri, associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center
and author of “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear,” told me.
That’s why they’re more inclined to switch doctors than ever before.”
A 2001 study in the Journal of Family Practice showed that one-fifth of patients left their primary care doctors voluntarily over a three-year period.
It showed that while physicians are in the examination room with patients, they spent only 53 percent of their time on face-to-face contact
and 37 percent on medical records and other administrative chores