The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must, Lead the Way to Better Health Care by Jack CochranThe Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must, Lead the Way to Better Health Care by Jack Cochran

The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must, Lead the Way to Better Health Care

byJack Cochran, Charles C. Kenney

Hardcover | May 6, 2014

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Calming fears, alleviating suffering, enhancing and saving lives—this is what motivates doctors virtually every single day. When the structure and culture in which physicians work are well aligned, being a doctor is a most rewarding job. But something has gone wrong in the physician world, and it is urgent that we fix it.

Fundamental flaws in the US health care system make it more difficult and less rewarding than ever to be a doctor. The convergence of a complex amalgam of forces prevents primary care and specialty physicians from doing what they most want to do: Put their patients first at every step in the care process every time. Barriers include regulation, bureaucracy, the liability burden, reduced reimbursements, and much more. Physicians must accept the responsibility for guiding our nation toward a better health care delivery system, but the pathway forward—amidst jarring changes in our health care system—is not always clear.

In The Doctor Crisis, Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of The Permanente Federation, and author Charles Kenney show how we can improve health care on a grassroots level, regardless of political policy disputes, by improving conditions for physicians and asking them to take on broader accountability; by calling on physicians to be effective leaders as well as excellent clinicians. The authors clarify the necessary steps required to enable physicians to focus on patient care and offer concrete ideas for establishing systems that place patients' needs above all else. Cochran and Kenney make a compelling case that fixing the doctor crisis is a prerequisite to achieving access to quality and affordable health care throughout the United States.
Jack Cochran, MD, FACS, is the executive director of The Permanente Federation. The Permanente Federation represents the national interests of the regional Permanente Medical Groups, which employ more than 17,000 physicians who care for 9.1 million Kaiser Permanente members. Prior to this role, Dr. Cochran served as executive medical d...
Title:The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must, Lead the Way to Better Health CareFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

“Many doctors are feeling pessimistic about the future of the medical profession. Cochran and Kenny consider part of the remedy is for physicians to play the major part in any ideal health care system that is patient-centered, easily accessed, fair, safe, affordable, efficient, high-quality, and innovative.”—Booklist“With a unique combination of poetic storytelling, technical mastery, and executive savvy, Dr. Jack Cochran and Charles Kenney offer a design and a call for the learning and leadership we urgently need in health care. In a terrain of political debate too often marked by confusion and reductionist claims, this book brings real wisdom and compassion. It is a must-read for those searching for a route to a new care system.” —Donald M. Berwick, MD, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement