Healthcare reform changes doctor-patient rapport

A Christian medical leader is concerned that the healthcare overhaul is leading to the de-professionalization of medicine.

Dr. David Stevens laments that the money-driven approach is changing the relationship between doctors and patients. “Healthcare reform is being driven by economists, sociologists — not by physicians,” he saya.

The head of the Christian Medical Association (CMA) tells OneNewsNow that patients are more concerned about the art of medicine.

“It’s the doctor-patient relationship — that sense of trust and ‘this person is going to put my needs before their own,'” Stevens contends. “And we’re moving away from that, where it’s not a covenant relationship. It becomes ‘you give me so much money; I give you so much service.’ It becomes a business relationship, which nobody finds satisfying.”

At least one U.S. lawmaker has gone on record as saying America — with the passage of the healthcare reform package — now has socialized medicine.

After Sunday’s vote, Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) was interviewed on the Mississippi Supertalk Network. He described passage of the healthcare legislation as a sad day for America. It was clear, he said, that Democrats sided with partisan politics over public opinion. But he added that there is a chance the law could eventually be repealed.

“I do not rule out the possibility that after the 2010 November election, that once the new members are sworn in, this bill could be repealed. [But] it seems like a tough hill to climb,” he conceded.

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