When Doctor Becomes Patient
Dr. Ross Van Antwerp (left) hours after minimally invasive spine fusion surgery performed by Dr. Anders Cohen (right) at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.
Many Americans spend more time researching their next flat panel TV than their own medical care. When we’re sick we just want to get better, fast, so we don’t spend enough time thinking about our treatment options and how each of them might affect us over the long run. Neither do we spend enough time investigating who is treating us or where. For lack of a term more appropriate to healthcare, we just don’t do enough comparison shopping.