NY Times - "Aiding the Doctor Who Feels Cancer’s Toll"
Dr. Diane Meier, a renowned expert on palliative care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, was the keynote speaker this month at the Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium. In a recent interview, Dr. Meier said, "Most physicians have no other strategies, no other arrows in their quiver beyond administering tests and treatments. To avoid feeling that they’ve abandoned their patients, doctors throw procedures at them." Under the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Meier said, unnecessary procedures may decline as more doctors are reimbursed for doing what is best for their patients over time, not just for administering tests and treatments. But more could be done if physicians were able to step away from the misperception that everything that can be done should be done. Learn more