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A Piece of My Mind |

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Lawrence J. Hergott, MD1
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1Department of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver
JAMA. 2013;310(2):147-148. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6006.
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Some of the younger members of a large cardiology group are pressing to shorten the time allotted to see office patients, claiming, “The more patients we see, the more money we make.” They want 15 minutes for a return visit and 30 minutes for a new patient consultation.

A cardiologist from another city called to see if our university group was hiring. When I asked why he was interested in joining us, he said, “You know, to make it in the private world these days you have to sell your soul. And I’m not sure I want to do that.”

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