"The impending demise of solo physician practice has been predicted for several years now. In early July, recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins put the proverbial nail in the coffin of solo physician practice by declaring it officially dead. But like the old man in 1975’s “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” protesting “I’m not dead!”, doctors aren’t ready to be hauled off for burial."
The ability of physicians to act in their patients’ best interests must not be compromised by outside – and sometimes competing – economic, political, and social pressures. Yet lawmakers and other nonphysicians progressively are inclined to delineate the details of the interaction between physicians and patients. Physicians will increasingly face nonphysicians’ attempts to mandate what tests, procedures, and treatments they must – or must not –provide to their patients.