Wanted: Geriatricians

On May 12th, 2022, I posted a blog regarding our nation’s cockamamie physician reimbursement policies (“Physician Reimbursement Askew).  I pointed out that primary care physicians average net incomes about two-thirds that of subspecialists.  The difference lies in procedures—interventions such as colonoscopies are valued way out of proportion to the cognitive work of diagnosis and care for chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.  Geriatricians are in the “cognitive” category.  A recent article in the Journal of the Medical Association about geriatricians amplifies the problem of training physicians with expertise in the care of the aged. Geriatricians  Geriatricians, typically graduates of…

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