“What are we looking for when we visit the doctor? We are looking for knowledge and the tools to help us get better. We can use the phone, Internet, e-mail. Why pay $70 to go sit in the guy’s office?” Goldsmith said.
He compares doctor visits to the way people use the Internet: people can visit a Web site for free, but to get more valuable information on some sites, a fee is charged.
“It’s goofy to pay for (doctor) visits only. We ought to be paying for content. I like the idea I can get a response in 10 minutes instead of waiting two weeks for an appointment. People want dialogue and a relationship with their doctor and they are not getting it now,” Goldsmith said.
I’m uneasy with the comparison of medical services to internet usage, and uncomfortable with the statement that “[w]e should be paying for content.” Aren’t physicians a whole lot more than content providers?
I like the idea of having a secure messaging system that neables patients to communicate with their doctors, but there are so many obstacles to this- and I can’t see how it would neccessarily save the physician’s time or reduce costs.
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