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March 1, 2014

Donna Sweet: Suggested priorities may help guide us in health care reform

Being a doctor has never been an easy career path. It requires years of education (the average physician completes 12,000 hours of training) at great sacrifice of time with family. It requires considerable financial resources to establish a practice or join one (nearly every physician is a small business owner), especially when saddled with medical school debt. It requires accepting that being a doctor is a 24/7 job (with frequent medical inquiries from friends and family). It requires working in a highly regulated environment (and paying for the necessary liability insurance) designed to protect the health and safety of patients. It requires ongoing study and training to keep up on the latest research and deliver the best evidence-supported patient care. It requires constantly dealing with insurers and state and federal governments to simply get paid.

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