Report Cards for Doctors?

Grades Are Likely to Be A, B, C . . . and I: “All doctors suffer from that ‘I’ disease to some extent: the success of the enterprise depends on it. Most, though, retain some necessary emotional distance as well – not only distance from tragedy and suffering, but also from the innumerable humdrum snafus, habits and idiosyncrasies that invariably stand between people and their health. When we start getting scores in health maintenance, that distance will be hard to maintain.” (New York Times )