Thu, 22 June 2023
These past few years have been nothing short of a significant shift in demographics. Everything we thought we knew about urban and rural demographics, family dynamics, and politics is being redefined rapidly.
In this episode, Scott McDonald discusses what we see on the demographic playing field and how it will impact practice owners.
Thu, 15 June 2023
Race is a very sensitive topic these days so before I publish my remarks, I would like to make some comments. All races and cultures deserve respect. There is never a cause to violify one culture over another. More important race, and culture are more important to heed. In my post, I said that I feared the Academy Awards may be putting too much attention on race rather than on producing quality art.
I also believe that people will have more favorable outcomes when they know what they want from their outcomes and trust their doctor more than the "fads of the day." We should be brave in trusting biology and science.
We should put greater emphasis on medicine and what unites us and stop putting emphasis on what divides us. Looking for the exceptions is bad science.
I think dropping the habit of looking for differences will help no one. In the end, I think all the talk on reparations (justified or not) will only lead to division and resentment. There is not enough money in the world to right all wrongs. Racial division is like drinking poison and waiting for the other guy to die.
I hope you agree that if we always look for things that divide us, we will doubtless find them. Jesus taught "If you are not one, you are not mine."
Last, a huge wave of immigration is coming. Let's try to be smart about it.
Fri, 9 June 2023
Let's face it, some sites are better than others. Here are some insider tips for what we are seeing in the marketplace.
Fri, 2 June 2023
I just had a debate with another demographer over the criteria of what makes a GREAT location for professional practice. We could NOT have been further apart. My colleague was adamant in this opinion that things are perfectly fine. Urban areas are flush with money. Crime statistics are overstated. Besides, crime is not really an issue in urban healthcare settings. If proper security is applied to prescription pads and controlled substances, things are about the same as they have ever been (he said). I disagree. In fact, I believe ethical doctors are receiving implied threats from the patients (but I don't discuss that much in this episode). I admit that I have little direct knowledge of the "global" situation. My knowledge is more anecdotal than statistical.
Still, the rising costs of doing business in urban settings are alarming which is one reason to take a second look at suburban sites. Nothing in reviewing the data has changed my opinion.
I hope our little debate will prove helpful.