Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care? by Sandeep Jauhar

Who ultimately should be in charge of care at our nation’s hospitals — physicians or businesspeople?

In January 2016, the board of directors at Tulare Regional Medical Center, a small community hospital in central California, voted to terminate the elected leaders of its medical staff office. Medical staff offices help ensure that patient needs are kept separate from business imperatives, such as increasing hospital profits. They have historically operated independently of hospital administrators.

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