01/22/2009 01:52 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pay Doctors for Talking to Their Patients

Congress and President Obama will have to challenge the insurance companies' obsession with scalpels, scopes, shots and medication.

The most important thing I do every day is talking to the parents and the children in my pediatric office. There will be no effective reform of health care until a doctor's communication with his patients is respected as highly as his operating upon them, medicating them or subjecting them to blood tests and radiological studies.

Dr. Benjamin Brewer articulates this so well that I'll keep this brief and refer you to his column.