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In Practice: Are doctors as curious as they used to be?

The topic of healthcare came up during a recent dinner with friends. Between bites of pizza and swigs of beer, I told them that things were challenging for doctors everywhere but that this was especially true for primary care physicians. I launched into the well-known litany of reasons: more patients to see in less time, reams of insurance paperwork that must be filled out to get paid, the uncertainty of healthcare reform, an aging population with more chronic disease, and on and on.