Friday, May 21, 2010

Dr. Zwelling's Home Sweet Medical Home

I learned of Dr. Marcy Zwelling through her participation in a debate at Standford University yesterday in which she defended the free market as THE compassionate and efficient way of delivering medical care.

Here is her description of her concierge practice as a far superior alternative to the "medical home" that government bureaucrats have in mind for us.

The Patient Centered Medical Home

When I became a doctor...I understood that hethcare was about relationships, communication, and cooperation: the patient/doctor relationship, doctor/doctor communications, and doctor/nurse cooperation...

The passion that my colleagues and I have to preserve the medical home and the sanctity of the relationship(s) that we have with our patients is as real as our patients’ trust and love. The necessity to safeguard the professionalism that we have earned so that we can provide the discretionary judgment to assist our patients with decisions about life and death is indispensable to the conservation of the integrity of the science...

Home sweet home is not an institution to be judged by the federal government. It is a place we go to belong, to reinvigorate, to strategize and build our lives. Medical homes belong to our patients and must never become government fashioned institutions.

Read the whole post here.



  1. Was that debate you saw which introduced you to Dr. Zwelling captured anyplace? I'd love to see it myself. The post cited here was great, and I'd like to hear her defense of a free market for medical care.

    My brother is a new physician just coming out of residency. We've debated this stuff at length, amicably, although he remains suspicious of a free market in medical care, whereas I am very libertarian.

    I found your blog accidentally, linked from another blog upon which was a definition of the term "fiduciary media" which I found useful for a book review I was writing. Cheers!

  2. Hi sorry to take so long getting back to you. Here is the link for an audio download of the debate:

    or Benjamin Rush Society debate