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The Boston Globe had a brief interview with me last Monday, and commenter “MikeScanlon” gave a great additional reason to go “e”:

Doctors are required to respond to a lot of things – health insurance requirements, liability insurance requirements, rules and regulations of all sort – and finally, the assumptions about their patients that they must make when individual acquaintance is lacking; Yet each patient is an individual.

Unless the patient participates actively in their health care, and partners with their doctor, they leave the doctor no choice but to make a standard set of decisions, which includes assumptions about the patient’s ability to deal with the science and to follow regimes. It is a frustration on both sides I would think.

The equation is simple: help your doctor care for you by caring for your doctor and understanding her, or his, position and needs.”