Physician-led healthcare for america
The Voice for Physician-Led Healthcare
No other participant in our nation’s healthcare system features as much education and training as a physician. Following four years of medical school, a physician completes a lengthy residency, which is often followed by a one-year fellowship in a sub-specialty field. A neurosurgeon, for example, completes a six-year neurosurgery residency, and that is often followed by a one-year sub-specialty fellowship.
Physicians relied on this unique level of education and training to create and manage all segments of the healthcare system for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. The nation’s first hospitals were created and led by physicians, such as the Mayo Brothers.
Corporate interests representing health plans, hospital systems and other segments of the healthcare industry began removing physicians from leadership roles in the final decades of the 20th century. Today, the removal of physicians from leadership roles is experiencing an exponential increase. In many cases today, it’s the “suits,” not the “scrubs,” who determine what’s best for our patients and communities.
A growing number of physicians are recognizing the need to place physicians in leadership roles in all segments of the healthcare system. PHA is pleased to serve as a partner to physician leaders.
Physician ownership and management of hospitals has a long and distinguished record in the United States, beginning with some of the earliest hospitals, which were built and managed by physicians such as the Mayo Brothers.
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Office-based surgery represents the latest development in the evolution of how surgery is delivered.
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