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'Country Doctor of the Year' Embraces Challenges of Rural Medicine

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 4, 2013

"The long hours aren't going to burn us out. Seeing many, many patients isn't going to burn us out," he says. "The problems come in with governmental intervention or more often insurance company interventions that require physicians to waste time dealing with prior authorization or medication changes—a lot of things that physicians really have the expertise to make some of these decisions. To make them take the time out from actually seeing patients to convince somebody with much less training at an insurance company to switch a medication seems counterproductive."

Bosl says he expect to continue practicing medicine until he feels he no longer can. "Especially as I am aging, people start wondering about it. 'Doc, we know you aren't going to be around forever, but how long are you going to keep doing this?' I feel like until my mad cow disease or old timer's disease kicks in and I can still do a good job, I will stick with it. When the day comes that I feel like I am losing something, that I am not as sharp as I used to be, then I will need to back off."

Bosl says he has no regrets about his chosen career, despite what others in healthcare might think.

"The prestige sometimes is fascinating. Sometimes the family doc is looked down upon as low man on the totem pole who maybe wasn't smart enough to become a neurosurgeon," he says. "Personally it doesn't bother me. I wouldn't want to be a neurosurgeon. Operating on the brain all day would become pretty boring. I wanted a new challenge every day. Financially, I do okay. I don't make what a radiologist or an orthopedist makes but I make an adequate living, and yes, I work a lot but I make time for myself. Wednesday nights I play men's league basketball. In the summer I try to get out golfing once a week. I live on a lake and I have a boat. Life is good. Every day is good."


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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Ron Pion MD (12/5/2013 at 12:06 PM)
Utilizing Zoom.us could remove many of the scheduled visits to the office and hospital. Insurance companies and government are moving in that direction. Skilled nurse practitioners can ease the MDs work load.