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Sunday, December 13, 2009

"There is No Billing Code for Compassion"

"There is No Billing Code for Compassion."

The quote comes Dr. Amy Ship, the winner of the 2009 Compassionate Caregiver Award from the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.  In her acceptance speech she highlighted the personal connections with patients which make medicine so special, especially primary care medicine, when practiced with the time and attention it deserves not the harried Frankenstein version we have today.

All of her points echo the attraction many people have to palliative care and hospice as a profession.  She has a couple of applause lines here that are great.  She also shares her experience on both sides of the stethoscope.  The video is only 8 minutes.  Take a quick break and become inspired.

(via Paul Levy of Running a Hospital)

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