Seems to me that Leland Kaiser's alleged "Commentary" about executives leaving healthcare (Feb. 28, p. 32) would have been more accurately labeled "Advertisement."
Half of Kaiser's column told of several whiners who were leaving our healthcare field. This moaning is similar to what I heard when I entered the field just as Medicare was coming in and Medicaid was still lurking in the shadows. Older practitioners were saying back then, ad nauseam, how glad they were to be nearing retirement, that it wasn't fun anymore, etc.
The other half of Kaiser's column was a blatant commercial blurb for his Kaiser Institute executive renewal program, which, he assured us, was a sabbatical, not a vacation ("an intensive week at a spa" notwithstanding).
Maybe those who cannot cope with the field as it is or as it is going to be-or who don't want to try to shape and improve it-should leave. Maybe the rest of us would be better off for their absence.
Healthcare isn't much fun anymore? Was it ever? Should it be? Depends on one's definition of "fun" I guess. For me, the fun departs along with the challenges. And goodness knows, there are challenges aplenty.
Chief executive officer
Medical Arts Center