Driving in to work today, I reflected on the demands put upon our little clinic. Not only do I see a full load of patients, but I have the somewhat dubious joy of writing grants, entering data and keeping statistics for those grants, and then writing up reports about just how well we did or didn't do with regard to patient outcomes. I understand the need for outcomes driven healthcare. After all everyone who pays for healthcare wants to make sure the health care is worth the money it costs.
However, having worked in a private family practice, I know that private physicians do not have these same rigorous demands put upon them. Patients come in, assessments are made, and treatments provided. The physician isn't expected to show that he or she changed patient behaviors.
In spite of my frustrations with the demands of grant funding, etc. I love the work I do with patients. Further, I was happy to get to work this morning and see my email inbox had someone who was giving credit to all the "Safety Net" clinics like Grant Park Clinic for the work they do. Here is that link to read more!
Safety Net Providers Key to Healthcare System