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Why health care replaced physician care

Ever wonder what health care really means and why it’s even used? When youre sick, do you need health care or a doctor? Maybe as physicians, we need to ask the same about the words “health care provider.â

On April 11, 1993, The New York Times editor William Safire commented on the attempt at the time to label physicians as providers:

As a physician, I am somewhat distressed at being called a health care provider,” writes David A. Worth, M.D., P.A., of Union, N.J., “rather than a doctor, a physician or a professional.” He suspects he knows why the new nomenclature is being adopted: “It is easy to regulate providers but more difficult to regulate doctors, as people have a mental picture of their own doctors’ care. Let us not devalue our physicians by terming them providers. This is just one step away from limiting what they say and depriving them of their ability to make professional decisions.

Fast forward 24 years, and we see that Dr. Worth’s worst fears have become today’s unfortunate realities.

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