Who’s in charge here?

By Dennis M. Walker, MD

The question of reimbursement, and more significantly, the question of who controls the practice of medicine in the United States, is one that concerns all physicians. In his response to Thomas M. Hawks, MD (July 2007 AAOS Now), David A. Halsey, MD, encouraged ongoing communication on the issue—and I’m taking him up on his recommendation.

As a medical student, I felt I had little to say and nothing to complain about, but more than 30 years later, with my daughter entering medical school, I had cause to reflect and I realized that I have more to say and much more to be concerned about.

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