The top news stories in primary care today.
Patients may soon be charged for sending their doctor an email, according to a recent New York Times article. At participating offices, prices range from $10 to $100 depending on insurance. “Billing a patient’s health insurance supports the necessary decision-making and time commitment of our physicians and other advanced professional providers,” explains Angela Smith, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Clinic, in a press release.
New data suggests that 11 to 13 percent of international care is placebo. In another survey, 72% of U.S. doctors confessed that they give low-value care daily. The hypothesis? People like to be cared for, even if it means getting an antibiotic for a viral infection. In her doctoral thesis, Sara Ingvarsson, researcher at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, examines this phenomenon.
During a year when U.S. healthcare workers faced significant challenges, the average pay for their work dropped 2.4% according to this report. This comes after the increase in pay in 2021. In addition to the pay cut, burnout adds to the stress. In a separate survey of over 2,000 physicians, 66.7% reported that they were considering an employment change.