By Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius, opinion contributor — 02/23/18 04:30 PM EST | The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill
You seek us out when you’re sick, share with us the most intimate details of your life, and trust that our treatments will make you better. There’s just one problem: Your doctor may not actually be working for you, the patient. Over the last three decades, as patients have seen their medical costs increase dramatically, the number of self-employed doctors has plummeted. Today, just a third of doctors are self-employed, as more doctors find independent practice difficult and seek the sense of security offered by large hospitals.
Dr. Thomas W. LaGrelius serves as president and chairman of The American College of Private Physicians. LaGrelius owns a concierge practice and is paid directly by and works directly for his patients.