Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare; What is the Real Cost of More Patient Choice?; Patients, Power and Responsibility: The First Principles of Consumer-Driven ReformBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7430.54 (Published 01 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:54
- Domhnall MacAuley, general practitioner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare
What is the Real Cost of More Patient Choice?
Patients, Power and Responsibility: The First Principles of Consumer-Driven Reform
Where have we gone wrong in medicine? The respect that doctors took for granted has evaporated; medical gods have been reduced to mere mortals. We no longer trust the caring general practitioner, the wise physician, or the conscientious surgeon. And it all seemed to happen so quickly. A litany of medical mistakes, hospital mismanagement, misinformation, subterfuge, and murder has dragged the medical profession through the tabloids and into the mire. Maybe we deserve it.
Dressed in a bland cover and damned with a boring title, Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare is anything but. It tells it as it is. Compelling as any thriller and unbelievable if it were not true, it leaves the medical reader with a profound sense of shame, embarrassment, and perhaps a little guilt. For old fashioned believers in altruism and …