The New York Times has an interesting article about some US doctors who are trying to adapt their practices to the current world.
The adaptations include
- greater use of the internet for scheduling appointments and, in some instances, for online consultations; and
- greater use of nurses to carry out tests such as blood pressure.
- giving advance notice of what a particular consultation will cost and how it relates to Medicare scheduled fees;
- extending the period for which a GP's referral to a specialist operates from one year to, say, five;
- more transparency from anaesthestists about their qualifications, experience, daily work levels and fees.