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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.

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16 Aug 2007, 01:25
I like E!
a3d wrote:
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.

"enough time" is being contrasted with "increased time".

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.
This choice is explaining how contrast still works. Physicians' visits might be frequent, but this does not mean a particular patient is seeing a particular physician for necessary length of time per visit
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16 Aug 2007, 01:26
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.

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16 Aug 2007, 01:27
B. More options to consider, hence more time needed.
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16 Aug 2007, 02:00
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, 03:08
ya its B...I initially chose C but now understand how it can be wrong.
Good question!!!
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16 Aug 2007, 10:27
agreed that B is the clear answer
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16 Aug 2007, 12:25
Thanks for explanation: OA is B Indeed
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16 Aug 2007, 16:11
Straight B
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17 Aug 2007, 07:38
One more B.................I hope the GMAT is as easy.
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20 Aug 2010, 10:43
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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20 Aug 2010, 10:58
B for me too.
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20 Aug 2010, 17:27
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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20 Aug 2010, 23:35
B it should be
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22 Aug 2010, 19:28
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16 Nov 2013, 01:15
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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11 Dec 2015, 00:40
Obvious answers that are out : A, C, D
Now between B and E i would choose B.
The argument in question is average amount of time a patient spends with a physician. Option E says its financially beneficial to see as many patients a physician can. We still dont know the average time per patient.
B precisely implies more option to consider====> more time a patient has to spend
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