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# In Kantovia, physicians’ income comes from insurance companies, which

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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, 01:01.
Last edited by Bunuel on 21 Jan 2019, 06:01, edited 2 times in total.
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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, 01:26.
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20 Aug 2010, 10:43
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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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20 Aug 2010, 17:27
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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 2013, 20:43
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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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08 May 2014, 10:19
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.

Answer: B

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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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03 Aug 2016, 10:45
Hey everyone,

I picked Option 'E', for the reason that the argument states that physicians get to spend less time with patients and that the actual time spent at the office is higher. In option 'E' , it states that physicians get to spend very little time (solves 1st condition) and that physicians have to see as many patients as possible. In that case, waiting time increases and therefore patients spend longer duration at the office.

Am I thinking too much.?
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03 Aug 2016, 10:58
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Hey everyone,

I picked Option 'E', for the reason that the argument states that physicians get to spend less time with patients and that the actual time spent at the office is higher. In option 'E' , it states that physicians get to spend very little time (solves 1st condition) and that physicians have to see as many patients as possible. In that case, waiting time increases and therefore patients spend longer duration at the office.

Am I thinking too much.?

Why did you assume that there is an increase in waiting time?

Spending 10 mins on one patient and spending 10 mins on 5 patients doesn't increase the average time of patients.

B clearly states that since the number of diagnosis has increased, patients are getting diagnosed for multiple things now.
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09 Sep 2016, 01:50
B.
It states that physicians now have wider range of options in diagnosis and treatment to consider with the patients before prescribing.That means more time is required to prescribe than 10 years ago.
So,even though the average time a patient spends with his physician has increased,it is still not enough because the time required to prescribe has also increased.

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19 Feb 2018, 13:24
So the discrepancy is: the physicians think that because of the insurance companies policies, physicians are not able to spend enough time with the patients while they actually are spending more time with the patients. Why the disconnect between what they think and what is the reality? Let us look at the options-
A. Patients are more likely to be in a hurry nowadays and are less willing to wait a long time to see their physician. This should rather decrease the time spent. Incorrect.

B. Physicians today typically have a wider range of options in diagnosis and treatment to consider with the patient before prescribing. Probable contender. Keywords: "wider range of options in diagnosis". Focus on "wider". So since they have more range of options for diagnosis and treatment they might be spending more time with patients. Hold.

C. Physicians are increasingly likely to work in group practices, sharing the responsibility of night and weekend work. Gives no information about time spent with patients. Irrelevant. Incorrect.

D. Most patients would rather trust their physicians than their insurance companies to make decisions about their treatment. Again, no information about actual time spent between patients and physicians. Irrelevant. Incorrect.

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 should have rather decreased the time spent. Incorrect.

Hence, B.
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