Big, important doctors are leaving medicine.
Like Steve Ondra,MD, a neurosurgeon and principle physician architect of our new health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
And where's he going?
Why to Chicago-based health insurance giant Health Care Service Corporation, parent corporation of Blue Cross / Blue Shield Illinois, of course. It seems Dr. Ondra's stint as a real clinical neurosurgical doctor at Northwestern wasn't enough. Instead, he'll be going to greener pastures as Health Care Service Corporation's top clinical executive, overseeing the medical coverage for 13 million members in Illinois. By the way, this company also operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and is acquiring the Montana plan.
It seems providing health care really is for the little people now.
But even more concerning for other patients, in my view, is the loss of an exceptional Chicago-based primary care doctor who is leaving clinical medicine, Dr. Jordon Grumet. Dr. Grumet, who eloquent and insightful writing appears at his blog In My Humble Opinion, portrays the type of physician we'd all like to have as our own. Sadly, it appears the days where the primary care doctor and patient actually have a personal relationship are quickly coming to an end.
Yes, Virginia, the times they are a changin.'
h/t: Bryan Vartabedian, MD