Pure Medicine - 05/13/2016
The culture of medicine has changed. Forthcoming ICD-10 codes, meaningful use requirements, and fee-for-service billing dominate medical-industry conversations. Patients are slowly being pushed to the side, replaced by political debates. And physicians are burning out from paperwork and administrative tasks. Some physicians become bitter, burned out, or tempted away from humanitarianism by high reimbursement rates. Over time, medical students lose their idealism, altruism, and empathy. The few oases of "pure" medicine are dwindling. Charitable clinics, which exist only to serve, are unaffected by the darker side of medicine that serves to turn a profit. Student-run clinics and more than 1,200 other charitable clinics around the nation serve patients regardless of income or insurance status.