What CME was and medical care used to cost

MOC began as a voluntary effort among physicians to put on post-doctoral training programs to keep physicians informed about new health care methods and technologies. There was a time when CME was done purely from an intellectual interest of physicians for medicine and knowledge. Medicine was still considered to be practiced within the boundaries of doctor-patient private solo situations where reputation and excellence were what brought patients to doctors and word of mouth and trust created the ‘market’ of medicine. Hospitals were run by doctors and boards of trustees and were not ever for profit, which was considered unethical, to profit from the suffering of others. Making money and profiting from suffering were morally wrong. Then hospitals often barely kept their doors open with charity care and write offs a normal part of doing business. No one was turned to collection agencies. No one was not given care, although since they still expected to buy their own medications and pay the bill eventually, patients had the honor of being trusted to pay their bills and most did. Back Continue reading