How We Can Adapt To The Inherent Challenges In Healthcare Reform

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John H. McCord, DPM

   Those were nice days. I had no student loan payments and we led a modest lifestyle. I took every Thursday off and went fishing in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter.

   Podiatry evolved in a way that was good for the profession. I am glad of that but reflect fondly on the simplicity that I enjoyed in the beginning.

   Now we must prepare for the new model of what is now referred to as “population health.” Educate yourself by attending seminars that focus on the changing model of healthcare delivery. Analyze healthcare in your community to determine which innovative changes you need to make as a podiatrist to fit into the new healthcare environment.

   Hunker down with your personal finances and be ready for some difficult times while the country works this out.

   We will survive. We always have.

   Dr. McCord retired in December 2008 from practice at the Centralia Medical Center in Centralia, Wash.

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