Healthcare is in crisis. We all know the drill—excessive costs, unfavorable outcomes, restricted access. I believe, as stated by politicians, industry giants and business gurus alike, that we will need to innovate our way out of this mess. That includes the healthcare industry, too, and organized medicine is not doing a very good job innovating or doing its part to bring entrepreneurship education and training to its members. By putting their heads in the sand, they are missing a big opportunity.
Cash-strapped docs are questioning the value of belonging to medical societies, and they are voting with their feet. Networking? Just do it online. Advocacy? Whom do they represent, anyway? Education? I'd rather not have to deal with airline hassles, the opportunity cost of time away from practice and the costs of attending. Simply put, doctors are no longer willing to pay dues to a medical society that is bureaucratized and bloated with management salaries and that no longer solves members' problems, like surviving in an extremely hostile practice environment.