I'm always amused by the thin-skinned physicians who perceive a slight when they hear the word "provider" applied to a doctor ("Calling Dr. Dangerfield," Outliers, May 10, p. 82). I wonder if they object to the term "person" to refer to human beings. "Provider" is just a way to describe a healthcare worker who can produce billable charges without the need to spell out physician, nurse practitioner, clinical psychologist and so forth. Who would think physicians would be so defensive?
Practice Performance Group
Long Beach, Calif.