Doctor visits are too short, and increasingly frustrated patients are understandably questioning whose best interest the doctor is looking out for. As conflicts of interest in medicine become more exposed, expectations for care become greater among an increasing and aging population. A looming doctor shortage threatens chaos in US hospitals, too. Will the horrific scenes of mass violence that we have become witness to in our malls, movie theaters, and other public places spill over into our places of healing too?
The only solution to this dystopian view of our future is compassion.