Once upon a time, the American healthcare system was entirely controlled by doctors. Nurses, pharmacists, and therapists of all types were their subordinates, dependent on “doctor’s orders” to authorize the exercise of their professional discipline. Hospitals were owned by, or run almost entirely in-service to, their medical staff.

Over time, many of these other professions matured and evolved their own distinct scientific and clinical perspectives about the nature of health, illness, healing and wellness. …

Steven Merahn, MD

Physician-leader; health strategist; Founded www.unioninaction.org Former Chief Medical Officer; public-health official; communications executive

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