Today I have seen patients with cancers who are living years longer than predicted because of their will to live through the pain and compromised quality of life, being able to enjoy their family and friends. Doctoring is more than prescribing drugs. Compassionate care and support are even more important in allowing the patients to proceed through their illness.
This takes a little more time for the physician. With the decrease in reimbursement and the attempt to see more patients to make up for the decrease it will make it easier for doctors not to have to “spend so much time with these patients.” If this is what the state wants, then this will happen.