We often complain about doctors, and rightly so, but I tend to think the main problem is lack of adequate training and inferior standards of treatment, at least in the thyroid world. We have medical systems on both sides of the pond where increasingly both doctors and patients are left dissatisfied with the experience. Here in the US doctors can and do leave the allopathic/insurance model for the cash basis/functional, integrative, holistic model, in hopes of building a more satisfying practice. The UK kind of mirrors this in the NHS versus private doctor split however the private doctors are still licensed by the GMC which leaves them less latitude in how they can practice. We have 'big medicine' here in the US and with the attempts to privatize the NHS you might end up with it in the UK. We need to drastically change the way medicine is practiced on both sides of the pond but that is almost an impossible dream.
This is an article in Medscape that talks about the UK study but it also talks about the problems in the US.
This is a link to the UK study.
A recent article in Medscape talked about doctor suicide in the US. In one recent year there were 400 doctor suicides in the US. This is absolutely appalling to me, how can we allow this to happen to 400 of our best and brightest, and yes, doctors are some of our best and brightest. How can we allow this kind of system to persist. PR