With Friends Like These...
Here is a fascinating take on how things got this bad despite the alleged advocacy of the AMA and American Academy of Family Physicians (from the AAFP Practice Management bulletin board; with permission from Dr. KS):
I know [organized medicine is] well intentioned ... but I am afraid that in the final analysis they have hurt us far more than helped us.This message was in response to an invitation to next year's AMA meeting in Chicago to "voice your concerns." For many years now I have felt that the emperor's wardrobe was getting a little ragged, but of course who listens to one little old dinosaur off in a solo office somewhere. Other posts in response to the message above pointed out that all the dues we've paid over all these years has supported the mailings and publications and lobbying, plus keeping all of the administrators and employees in the style to which they have become accustomed, without demonstrably affecting the day-to-day problems with government intrusion, ever-changing insurance company demands and constantly declining reimbursements.
The reason is because they fostered the illusion that we can work with the Government and Insurance Companies for the benefit of all. They have encouraged us to be patient and just learn how to work with this new small inconvenience because it could have been much worse. The result is the free market has been totally removed from health care and we are now fully controlled by entities who will slowly squeeze us until we have nothing more to give up.
I believe that if the AMA/AAFP had not been there encouraging us to be good little boys and girls and just be patient, physicians would have risen up long ago and rejected what they have done to us.
No wonder it feels like my pockets are being picked on all sides.