Physicians have always considered themselves tried and true scientists who demand rigorous double-blinded controlled studies to help them practice their art/science.
It’s this map that turns the scientific practice of medicine into one big joke.
We, as a profession, do not practice science. We practice profitability. We practice quantity medicine because we know that the more we do, the more we get paid.
We should hold ourselves to a higher standard. We should standardize how we practice everyday medicine. Every doctor should be given real-time information about their spending (aka ordering) habits and how they relate to their local physician community and to the country as a whole. Because I can guarantee you this…there’s not a single doctor in America who knows this information. And that is simply unacceptable.