Monday, September 10, 2007

Increasing Specialization of Medical Practices

Fifty years ago general practitioners dominated the medical field. Most physicians now have highly-specialized practices. Today's medical students are often cautioned to become surgeons for purely financial reasons.

Whether a doctor chooses to focus his efforts on headache and pain medicine, urology, treating AIDS patients, or delivering babies, the current system of referring patients to a specialist means that one doctor cannot adequately address all of his patients' problems. It also means that doctors who specialize in one particular area of medicine may not be well versed in other areas of medicine. As a result, these physicians might not be fluent in the language of certain specialties.

Next: Increasing Segmentation Of Medical Markets

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