The Future of Pain Medicine Essays
'Nociception' is not synonymous with 'pain'. Nociceptive signals are the data …show more content…
Will pain medicine as we know it today survive the changes brought forth by medical advances? Probably not. However, the question to ask is "When will pain specialists' skills no longer be in high demand?" The answer is: "Not in the foreseeable future".
In general, the status of medical care is in major disarray. Most specialists gravitate toward the more profitable procedures or consultations to remain solvent. Charity care is carefully avoided because private practice physicians can't afford to provide pro bono work. Health care costs are skyrocketing at a time when access to providers has never been more restricted. A new paradigm for medical care will be developed. It will most likely be a single-payer, partially socialized scheme. Attitudes and practice arrangements as we know it will change as reimbursements and time-commitments shift among physicians in the various medical specialties.