Hosted by Dr. Hal Scherz and Dr. Michael J. Koriwchak
Real doctors from the front lines of medicine engage the man-made crisis in American Healthcare. Hal Scherz, MD FACS (Pediatric Urologist) and Michael J. Koriwchak, MD, Otolaryngologist (Head and Neck Surgery) airs The Doctor's Lounge on America's Web Radio on Thursdays at 8:00 am Eastern.
"Every hospital has a private area where Doctors go to get a cup of coffee and get together to talk amongst themselves to discuss medical and health care matters... This show is a window into the private conversations doctors have that impact your world."
Just off of testifying before the US Senate Health, Education,Labor, and Pensions Committee, Dr. Lee Gross has published an OP-ED in the Washington Examinerentitled, “Direct primary care can rein in America’s out-of-control healthcare costs”
Dr. Gross joins host Mike Koriwchak to discuss the policy rolling out at the Department of HHS and the reasons behind spiraling health care costs.
“In a recent survey, nine out of ten physicians were unwilling to recommend healthcare as a profession. In 2014, the American Medical Association found that 47% of practicing physicians reported high emotional exhaustion, 35% saw less value in their work and 41% were satisfied (not happy, but satisfied) with their work-life balance. The survey went on to identify the three problem areas:
Loss of autonomy (75% now are in hospital-owned practices)
Mental exhaustion (listing heavy workloads and increased clerical work, due to cumbersome electronic medical records)
Asymmetrical rewards (success is expected, but mistakes come with heavy punishments)
And then there is the stress…”
Host Hal Scherz explores the way regulations are creating an environment driving physicians out of health care.
The larger impulse to centralize the control and delivery of health care on the surface promises to lower costs and deliver care to everyone – by rule of law.
The reality became a legion of bureaucrats creating a new regulation for every problem under the sun. Costs skyrocketed creating the “big medicine” leviathan of government, insurers, and vast administrative health care delivery systems.
Host Hal Scherz, M.D. explains how the best intentions have morphed into a philosophy whose only answer is controlling doctors and restricting care.
The stage was set to take the innovation of DPC (Direct Primary Care) to the halls of the Senate when the wheels came off with the drama of the Kavanaugh nomination hearings.
Testimony on health care innovation has been postponed in the wake of the last minute accusations swirling through Washington.
“One thing that is clear is that Washington only knows brinksmanship. It is precisely that Washington obstruction mentality that has handcuffed small practice and driven them into near extinction.
Do we want that brinksmanship to be what guides our entire national health care system? That’s what will happen if we adopt a government controlled single payer health care system.”
– Lee Gross, M.D., President of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation.
Dr. Gross steps into The Doctor’s Lounge with host Mike Koriwchak to share some of the testimony he was scheduled to deliver to the Senate committee.
Seventy to eighty percent of health care needs are resolved at the primary level – doctor to patient in the Direct Primary Care practice model.
The perceived Achilles Heel of Direct Primary Care is the need for specialists in more difficult health issues. Wrap around insurance is there to fill the gap but we are seeing rates go up, as the service is declining.
HIP Nation is the DPC solution for the specialist needs that is working out an innovative health care model around Atlanta. Seven locations are serving the area with three more opening in the fall.
Host Hal Scherz, M.D. explains how the free market can even work to reduce costs for intractable problems in specialist care.