Doctor, First Tell Me What It Costs

nytimes_logo_180x18013If an antibiotic would cure your infection, your doctor would probably still warn you about the chance of sun sensitivity before prescribing the pill.

But even when the costs of a medical intervention might force patients to choose between paying the bill or keeping up with their mortgages, American physicians rarely discuss that serious side effect with them. One physician recently explained to me that he felt money talk would “violate the doctor-patient relationship.”

Given how much attention we have been focusing on health care costs and the Affordable Care Act, now is the time to change such thinking… (Read more at The New York Times)

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