I just read Make patients more accountable for their own health by Shirie Leng, MD. Dr. Leng is clear in stating that patients have to be accountable, particularly for the lifestyle related health issues that they control; but he does minimize the accountability aspect of Doctors when he says:
“I don’t control what you put in your mouth.”
In fact Doctors do control what some/many patients put in their mouth and in some instances they are prescribing drugs that they know are going to be or have the potential to be abused. So they too must be accountable for their actions. We’ve seen large pill mills busted and other smaller prescribers who should have know.
Accountability – Its always the other guy….