Groopman explains patient empowerment to Colbert

The public is slowly getting the message that the doctor doesn’t always know best. Dr. Jerome Groopman, chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a staff writer for The New Yorker, is out hawking his new book, “Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You.” Last night, he explained the idea of patient empowerment to a skeptical Stephen Colbert, or at least a skeptical character played by Colbert.

Colbert did make the common mistake of confusing health insurance with healthcare when he asked Groopman if the Harvard doc would testify before the Supreme Court on the upcoming case regarding the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. People, they are two different things!


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