Do Radiologists Fit in America’s Future Health Care System?

The following post was contributed by Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR.

These aren’t fighting words—let’s call this a temperature check. Have you asked yourself lately: How do radiologists (replace radiologists with I) fit in America’s future health care system?

Bioethicist and Affordcredit the photographerable Care Act (ACA) architect Ezekiel J. (Zeke) Emanuel, MD, PhD, will address this question in his keynote address at ACR 2016 — The Crossroads of Radiology®. Having heard him speak on this topic before, I expect that he will live up to his reputation as an “opinionator” in addressing “The Future of American Health Care: What Is the Role of Radiology?” Emanuel will provide advice for radiologists on how to adapt to the new health care environment, including responding to economics and costs as driving forces for change, and focusing on patients with chronic conditions.

He served as a special adviser for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget and has written a definitive account of the ACA. Trained both as an oncologist and a political scientist, his is a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, proposing that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs.

What will our health care system look like 5 and 10 years from now? How do radiologists evolve for the coming health care system change? Who should get medical care?

These are the types of questions that prompt dialogue, which in turn changes mindsets and routines. This is why you come to The Crossroads of Radiology®.

I would be interested to know:

What question(s) would you want to ask Emanuel about the ACA and/or our role in the future of American medicine?

What insights might you provide to him that could perhaps change his views on where radiology (and radiologists) fit into his ideal health care system?