The Future of the Doctor-Patient Relationship in a World of Managed Care

Mark Siegler

Abstract


Today the doctor-patient relationship is strictly linked with the larger context of the medical profession and the manged care revolution. This articles focuses on three important questions:

1. In the U.S., how did we arrive at the current situation where the DPR is under sustained assault and is now being used increasingly as a mechanism of cost control?

2. What approaches will be used in the managed care setting to limit and control the decision-making freedom of patients and doctors within the dctor-patient relationship?

3. Will the doctor-patient relationship, as we know it, survive the managed care revolution?

 

Key words: Doctor-patient relationship - Medical Profession - Managed care 


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