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In Kantovia, physicians income comes from insurance

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In Kantovia, physicians’ income comes from insurance companies, which require physicians to document their decisions in treating patients and to justify deviations from the companies’ treatment guidelines. Ten years ago physicians were allowed more discretion. Most physicians believe that the companies’ requirements now prevent them from spending enough time with patients. Yet the average amount of time a patient spends with a physician during an office visit has actually increased somewhat over the last ten years.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy between physicians’ perceptions and the change in the actual time spent?

A. Patients are more likely to be in a hurry nowadays and are less willing to wait a long time to see their physician.

B. Physicians today typically have a wider range of options in diagnosis and treatment to consider with the patient before prescribing.

C. Physicians are increasingly likely to work in group practices, sharing the responsibility of night and weekend work.

D. Most patients would rather trust their physicians than their insurance companies to make decisions about their treatment.

E. Since the insurance companies pay physicians a set amount for each office visit, it is to physicians’ financial advantage to see as many Patients as possible.

Originally posted by a3d on 16 Aug 2007, 00:01.
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In Kantovia, physicians’ income comes from insurance companies, which require physicians to document their decisions in treating patients and to justify deviations from the companies’ treatment guidelines. Ten years ago physicians were allowed more discretion. Most physicians believe that the companies’ requirements now prevent them from spending enough time with patients. Yet the average amount of time a patient spends with a physician during an office visit has actually increased somewhat over the last ten years.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to resolve the apparent discrepancy between physicians’ perceptions and the change in the actual time spent?

A. Patients are more likely to be in a hurry nowadays and are less willing to wait a long time to see their physician.

B. Physicians today typically have a wider range of options in diagnosis and treatment to consider with the patient before prescribing.

C. Physicians are increasingly likely to work in group practices, sharing the responsibility of night and weekend work.

D. Most patients would rather trust their physicians than their insurance companies to make decisions about their treatment.

E. Since the insurance companies pay physicians a set amount for each office visit, it is to physicians’ financial advantage to see as many Patients as possible.

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I would go with option B.

B clearly says, why the time per patient is increasing in the last ten years.Because,the physician has more options to consider.But, spending more time is causing the physician deviate more from company's guidelines. According to the passage, "ten years ago physicians were allowed more discretion".This sentence makes me believe that company's guidelines have changed ten years back.
Thus, choice B clearly achieves its purpose.

My 2 cents !

PS:Edited option B.

Originally posted by fatal1ty on 16 Aug 2007, 00:26.
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16 Aug 2007, 00:27
B. More options to consider, hence more time needed.
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16 Aug 2007, 01:00
sorry, i change my mind; I am B!
as antony and fatalty explained
In E you need to make additional assumptions.

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16 Aug 2007, 02:08
ya its B...I initially chose C but now understand how it can be wrong.
Good question!!!
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16 Aug 2007, 09:27
agreed that B is the clear answer
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16 Aug 2007, 11:25
Thanks for explanation: OA is B Indeed
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17 Aug 2007, 06:38
One more B.................I hope the GMAT is as easy.
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20 Aug 2010, 09:43
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why can't it be 'C'. By working in a group, each doctor spends less time with the patient, while the total time each patient spends with the doctor (s) increases. Is this making sense?
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anandnat wrote:
why can't it be 'C'. By working in a group, each doctor spends less time with the patient, while the total time each patient spends with the doctor (s) increases. Is this making sense?

You've misunderstood the statement. It is group practice not group treatment. For example there can be a doctor on day shift and a doctor on evening shift. The meeting with patients is still on one-on-one basis.
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14 Nov 2011, 19:13
A)If patients are in hurry how are the doctors able to spend more time with patients?weakens the conclusion....
B )PERFECT....it clearly says why did the change occur.... there was change because of the machines.. wider range of options..which was not earlier.. and it clearly says.. " today"
C) so what?if they work in groups or independently.. out of scope....
D ) earlier also the patients used to trust their physicians... not so clear...it is not taking why did the change happen now....
e)insurance companies used to pay earlier and also now.. so what is the change which made physicians to spend more time with patients?doesn't not resolve the paradox.....
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14 Nov 2011, 19:29
Thank guy. I have seen the two controversial issues :

"not enough time with patients" vs. "the average time of patients increase"
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14 Nov 2011, 20:13
B. May not be the best possible explanation
But none of the other options come close
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14 Nov 2011, 20:57
I ll choose B by elimination.

A and E out because it suggests the opposite. It suggests that the average time is reduced.
C and D are irrelevant.

Hence B is the best.
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16 Nov 2011, 02:41
There is a direct way to see B.

Premise 1: Most physicians believe that the companies’ requirements => less time spent with patients.
Yet
Premise 2: Actual avg time spent increased

Now only B is talking about how the time spent between physicians & patient increased. Note that physician can continue to believe otherwise.

None of the choice explains Premise 2 clearly
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14 Nov 2013, 19:43
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In Kantovia, physicians’ income comes from insurance companies, which require physicians to document their decisions in treating patients and to justify deviations from the companies’ treatment guidelines. Ten years ago physicians were allowed more discretion. Most physicians believe that the companies’ requirements now prevent them from spending enough time with patients. Yet the average amount of time a patient spends with a physician during an office visit has actually increased somewhat over the last ten years.

Claim 1: Most physicians believe these documentation requirements prevent them from spending enough time with patients.
Claim 2: Yet, the average amount of time patients spend with physicians has actually increased.

A. Patients are more likely to be in a hurry nowadays and are less willing to wait a long time to see their physician.
Incorrect: irrelevant to our argument, and it does not explain the discrepancy.

B. Physicians today typically have a wider range of options in diagnosis and treatment to consider with the patient before prescribing.
Correct: while it could still be true that physicians believe that documentation reduces the time they can spend with patients, B states that doctors are now able to spend time with patients because they have more to consider when diagnosing/examining patients.

C. Physicians are increasingly likely to work in group practices, sharing the responsibility of night and weekend work.
Incorrect: irrelevant to our argument, and it does not explain the discrepancy.

D. Most patients would rather trust their physicians than their insurance companies to make decisions about their treatment.
Incorrect: irrelevant to our argument, and it does not explain the discrepancy.

E. Since the insurance companies pay physicians a set amount for each office visit, it is to physicians’ financial advantage to see as many Patients as possible.
Incorrect: tempting, but take note of the particular language. The argument is talking about time spent with individual patients, not all patients in general. We could still have doctors seeing more patients than ever before, but still complain that they don't have enough time to spend with any of them individually, due to the insurance company's documentation requirement. This does not resolve the discrepancy.
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16 Nov 2013, 00:15
can someone please explain how to rule out c. since here its mentioned that " patient spends with a physician during an office visit has actually increased somewhat ", so if we go with C then cant we conclude that since the doctors average out their time, hence the average time they spend becomes less than, what they actually spends.
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08 May 2014, 09:19
Remember that paradox answer choices must address both sides of the inconsistency. In this case, it is the 'before' and the 'after' the implementation of the new treatment guidelines. Hence, one can easily eliminate answer choices C,D,E as they have no basis of comparison. Between A and B, A actually weakens the conclusion.

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