DOCTOR'S VIEWS ARCHIVE
Lasers in The Jungle!...an editorial
SAN CLEMENTE--The words "modern medicine" conjure up a
variety of images based on the experiences each of us have
encountered when addressing issues of health. As medicine evolves at
its current pace, for both consumers and providers of health care,
there can be no singular image of the process of day to day provision
or consumption of health care.
Last Editorial Review: 8/14/1998
Today, the doctor-patient relation has changed and might be more
accurately termed the "doctor-patient-hospital-insurer"
relationship. Hospitals and insurers continue to form different
associations between themselves, patients, and physicians, as they
merge and splinter. Doctors are being asked to provide more and more
services, for more and more consumers, in return for lower and lower
reimbursement rates. Consumers are facing the challenges of choosing
from a myriad of insurance programs (when truly given a choice) in
order to then choose a doctor and/or hospital. Furthermore,
consumers are facing the dissatisfaction inherent in a process that
does not afford an adequate interlude for the exchange of medical
information often so helpful in understanding conditions and
assisting the decision-making that leads to optimal health.
The fact still remains that the physician and the patient are both
participants together in thwarting illness. Each plays an important
role in attacking acute and especially chronic problems. Therefore,
the stronger the knowledge base of these partners, the greater the
likelihood of successfully addressing medical difficulties.
The process of "modern medicine" intimately involves the accurate
dispensation and reception of information.
How can patients come to some understanding of complex personal
medical issues, medical technology, concerns related to medications
and their side effects, and even preventive care? Clearly there is
no simple universal method to deliver this information for providers
of health care.
We at MedicineNet believe
strongly that there is a certain need for improved patient
satisfaction in the current medical climate. We also believe that a
first step toward improvement in this area is to provide
understandable information for patients. In that regard, we have
assembled a team of specialist physicians who have as their challenge
addressing the medical issues of our time while explaining conditions
and treatment options in a manner capable of being received by the
We at MedicineNet will
continue to provide a channel for the flow of information regarding
diseases, treatments, medications, medical technology, and new
concepts in medicine for Internet viewers, their friends, and
families. We are orchestrated by viewer questions and suggestions
and are propelled by viewer satisfaction.
A well-known musician, Paul Simon, described the times in which we
live as "...the days of lasers in the jungle...." It is our hope at
MedicineNet that our
viewers will be better empowered to face the evolving jungle of