All of us as patients would do well to make informed decisions about the providers we see based on the fit between their established qualifications and our needs -- not knee-jerk reactions to their titles.
The question is this: Are our elected officials locked in a conventional view of the way things work, at our expense? Are they stuck with selfish motives and preconceived ideas? Or can they recognize true solutions?
When you visit your physician -- or general practitioner -- what usually happens? They usually give you a referral. Even if you don't have the type of insurance that requires referrals, if you have anything that requires a skill set beyond giving a flu shot, you will be referred elsewhere.
Alma Mesquita is a tower of tranquillity. Stethoscope slung over her shoulders like a shawl, she speaks in soft, lilting tones that promise that no matter what's wrong, she'll make everything all right.