A growing chorus of discontent suggests that the once-revered doctor-patient relationship is on the rocks.
About one in four patients feel that their physicians sometimes expose them to unnecessary risk, according to data from a Johns Hopkins study published this year in the journal Medicine. And two recent studies show that whether patients trust a doctor strongly influences whether they take their medication.
Insurers, led by WellPoint Inc. and Magellan Health Services Inc., are increasingly rejecting imaging procedures recommended by U.S. doctors as the companies work to trim $30 billion a year they say is wasted on the tests.
Patients vs. Doctors vs. Insurers vs. Patients
It’s no wonder why we’re increasingly feeling like our health care system isn’t working.