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Perspectives on advocacy of medical doctors 

Perspectives on advocacy of medical doctors
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Perspectives on advocacy of medical doctors
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Mohammad Wasay

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10.1093/med/9780198796039.003.0008
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date: 25 August 2019

The healthcare system has changed substantially in recent decades. Governments and business organizations have become important stakeholders in the healthcare system. The role of the doctor has also been modified over the period of the past 40–50 years. Patients are seen and taken care by a team of healthcare experts in a multidisciplinary healthcare model. Managed care is a newer health model which is run by business experts. The doctor’s role in this model is very limited. The social healthcare model is most popular in European countries. It is largely supported by taxes and managed by government organizations. This chapter discusses the emerging and future role of doctors as leaders of healthcare systems, in patient support groups, and as advocates for patients. Medical doctors have to learn and adapt to these roles by training and skills development.

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