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Letters Do we still really need doctors?

We need to engage people before they become patients

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 28 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q453
  1. George J Piligian, occupational medicine physician
  1. Northwell, Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, New Hyde Park, NY, USA
  1. GPiligian{at}

Morgan’s opinion piece “Do we still really need doctors?” is a thought provoking commentary on the evolving role of doctors.1

As healthcare systems have evolved in industrialised countries, some have adopted business models that consider doctors to be “providers” of a “product” (healthcare) to “consumers” (patients), strongly influencing the practice of medicine itself. The human …

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