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Fam Pract Manag. 1998;5(5):11

To the Editor:

I enjoyed reading the Salaried FP department by Richard E. Thompson, MD, in your January 1998 issue (see “How to Exercise Power With Limited Authority”).

I think it is very important for physicians to realize that they can control the health care system. Primary care physicians control 70 percent to 80 percent of the flow of health care dollars, and all health care is delivered through physicians' ink pens.

Promoting physician autonomy even when the physician is salaried is a great help to the progress of medicine.


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