This HND piece traces the sad history of how physicians became merely "providers," and that was only the first step toward how they are becoming more devalued every day. The goal, of course, is to save costs by allowing so-called mid-level providers to do more and more of the work.
But, what happens to quality of outcomes; and does medicine by algorithm actually work and cut costs? The short answer is "Who knows," since there are way too many confounding factors. Not the least of which is that people avoiding healthcare because they still can't afford it falsely lowers overall cost. And, if everything is being done by algorithm, what other outcomes can you compare these to?
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