Here is a great article in the Idaho Statesman about the benefits of Independent Physicians and Patient Choice.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from the article:
“We want to let people know why we are independent and that for us, the physician-patient relationship is paramount,” said Dr. John Eck, the incoming president of IDID.”
“Often people think that if a doctor is part of a large hospital-based medical group, he or she is the best out there,” said Eck. “The quality is equal,” Eck said. “Staying independent is a choice.”
“In truth, cost is the only thing that increases when a practice is bought by a hospital system. The same echocardiogram performed by the same doctor, for instance, can increase in cost upwards of 30 percent after the doctor goes to work for a hospital system,”
“Integrated systems do not improve quality,” he said. And neither does layers of administrative bureaucracy. “What improves quality is physician-doctor relationship and getting to see the doctor in a timely manner.”
“And doctors working for themselves have a sense of personal responsibility and control that hospitals cannot match.”
Read the “Declaration of Independents” from the Independent Doctors of Idaho.
We here at Idaho Joint and Spine are proud to be an independent medical practice and serve the Boise, Idaho area.