never wanted to be anassembly-line doctor, butthe pressure to see morepatients and the endlesspaperwork have resulted inreimbursements that don’tkeep up with the risingcost of running a medicalpractice (“18 Big Ideas toFix Health Care Now”).Medicare pays me less tosee a patient and managemultiple prescription reﬁllsthan what many peoplespend on hairstyling andfacials. Add the stress andliabilities and it’s no won-der physicians are leavingthe ﬁeld. Without compre-hensive health care reform, I expectthis trend to worsen. As for me, I’mthinking about beauty school.
Aldebra Schroll, MD,
udos to Thomas Weller, the“San Diego Highwayman,” whorescues broken-down motorists(The Digest: “Highway Helper”).Years ago, I got a ﬂat at night in arough part of town. I couldn’t leavemy wife and newborn child, and Ihad no phone. My spare was ﬂat too.After three hours waiting for help(two police ofﬁcers passed us duringthat time), I ﬁnally drove on the ﬂatto the next exit. To this day, I pullover to check on every strandedmotorist.
he world is fast becoming a bigfamily of man. So it’s importantfor the new president to take othernations into consideration. Yourglobal poll was interesting (“Howthe World Sees Us”). Most peopledon’t know what the rest of theworld thinks, because those voices
The United States spends
so much more onhealth care than any other country, yet we getless than satisfactory results. We can do better.I hope many of the suggestions in your story areimplemented in the near future so everyone inAmerica can be well.
Yellow Springs, Ohio
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