Marcy Zwelling, MD
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Zwelling M. Can the Practice of Retainer Medicine Improve Primary Care?. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:399. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-156-5-201203060-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(5):399.
TO THE EDITOR:
In their article, Huddle and Centor (1) present a very thoughtful exposition of the social obligations of primary care physicians and their understanding of the ethical commitment those of us practicing retainer medicine have toward our patients. I would like to offer some additional thoughts.
I decided to leave traditional medicine because I had a visceral need to do my job, and I could not be the professional my patients deserved if I spent 9 to 15 minutes with them per visit. I found it disquieting to charge a patient to sit in my waiting room for 4 hours, just to ask me a question when I knew that a phone call would be more appropriate.
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