By Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD

A Parable?

(A friend calls a friend)

Caller: I’m going to need surgery.

Respondent: Sorry to hear that. What did your doctor tell you?

Caller: I don’t really have anyone I can call my doctor. I go to a clinic. They refer to themselves as “a firm.”

Respondent: (laughter) I know.

Caller: I see one of their providers; I still call him doctor. I rarely see the same provider-doctor when I visit. On my last visit, I saw a young person I had never met