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Why are first year residents supposed to learn discharge planning, insurance coverage, and where to get the least expensive prescriptions? Every hospital I have had contact with has social workers, discharge planners, or "just nurses" who do this very well. They are trained to do it and are paid to do it. Doctors should know these folks exist, and the work they do, but I see no need for doctors to be trained to do these things too. Is this a throwback to the old saw "The doctor is the leader of the team"?
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