Family docs squeezed out

Link: CNN.com – What scares doctors about hospitals – Apr 23, 2006.

…what a patient needs most, many doctors agree, is a sentinel — someone to take notice, be an advocate, ask questions. Now that the family doctor has been squeezed out of that role, someone else has to step in…

We’re clearly being counted out.  This is an otherwise good article about medical quality and mistakes…but ends with a parenthetical obituary to the family doctor’s involvement with patients in the hospital.  The really tragic thing about this is that they’re probably not referring to a Family Medicine specialist, but just to the idea of a family doctor.  We don’t get no respect.