Take our poll: should doctors unionize?

August 5, 2019

A prominent physician argues that physicians should organize. What do you think?

A new article by Eric Topol, MD, in the New Yorker asks a provocative question: Should physicians organize politically, and perhaps even unionize?

Topol is a prominent physician. He is a cardiologist and geneticist, who serves as the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. He previously served as chairman of cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic and founded the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

In the article, Topol asks why physicians have not organized or protested politically despite widespread physician opposition to many trends affecting patient care today:

Privately, doctors feel despair about their appalling working conditions and the deteriorating doctor-patient relationship. But there have been no marches on Washington, no picket lines, no social-media campaigns. Why not? Why aren’t doctors standing up for themselves and their patients?

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