Patient demands occur in 8.7% of patient-clinician encounters in the outpatient oncology setting. Clinicians deem most demands or requests as clinically appropriate. Clinically inappropriate demands occur in 1% of encounters, and clinicians comply with very few. At least in oncology, “demanding patients” seem infrequent and may not account for a significant proportion of costs.
My problem with this paper is the underlying premise. The opening sentence of the abstract is:
Surveyed physicians tend to place responsibility for high medical costs more on “demanding patients” than themselves.
The reality is that this is propaganda. Physicians are greedy. They will do anything to preserve fee-for-service models. They blame others for healthcare costs. They blame patients for the tests they order. See? This study has proven it.....