CONTROVERSIES SECTION EDITOR: ANDREW P. SCHACHAT, MD The Utility of Ranking Ophthalmology Centers The Ranking of Ophthalmology Centers in Ophthalmology and Lay Publications Is Not Appropriate for Medicine in Today’s Business World HEN I entered dignity and destiny of a human tween patient and physician. In par- medical school person.” ticular, patients who are disadvan- 37 years ago, taged because of illness are then my ultimate RANKING TREATS MEDICINE manipulated and/or frightened to- W goal was to AS A COMMODITY RATHER ward a highly ranked institution for pursue excellence in the service of THAN A VIRTUOUS fear of losing their vision at the hands patient care, research, and teaching. RESPONSIBILITY of a lower-ranked institution. This virtuous and humanitarian Periodicals and highly ranked goal flowed from values instilled by There can be practical justification for institutions rationalize the ranking my family. The one value that I con- ranking the quality of consumer items technique by stating that it pro- tinue to hold above all others is that such as “the best family sedan un- vides an important service to pa- every patient is a disadvantaged der $20 000” using objective criteria tients. In fact, I believe it is not a
JAMA Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Nov 1, 2000
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