Let’s chat about something close to my heart: autonomy in healthcare. Imagine a world where doctors can do their thing, making decisions with their gut and years of schooling, not just ticking boxes set by someone else. Sounds pretty good, right? That’s because autonomy isn’t just a fancy term; it’s the secret sauce to making healthcare feel more human—for doctors and patients alike.

Here’s the deal: healthcare today is like navigating a labyrinth, with more rules and red tape than ever. But when doctors have the freedom to call the shots, based on what they know and what their patients need, magic happens. It’s about getting back to basics, where healthcare is a two-way street between a patient and their doc, built on trust and a whole lot of heart.

And let’s not forget about the folks in the white coats. Autonomy is like a breath of fresh air for doctors feeling the squeeze from all sides. It keeps the spark alive, reminding them why they signed up for this gig in the first place. Happy doctors mean happier patients, and that’s a win-win in my book.

So, here’s my two cents: autonomy in healthcare is a big deal. It’s about making sure everyone gets the care they deserve, in a way that feels right. It’s about keeping healthcare human, one decision at a time. Let’s not lose sight of that, okay?

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Sapna Shah-Haque Internal Medicine Physician

Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque, MD is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. She was born and raised in Kansas, and attended medical school at the University of Kansas [KU] School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at KU-Wichita as well. After experiencing burnout herself, and watching other physician colleagues burn out, it became a passion of hers to look into different aspects of burnout. While the system does need to change, as it is broken, this podcast is a way to reach physicians and possibly shed light on what is not an isolated situation.