“To Be or Not to Be” With apologies to William Shakespeare


To be, or not to be: that is the question

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The rules and outrageous demands of CMS

Or to take arms against a sea of regulations

And by opposing end them?  To revolt: to rest:

To forsake Medicare and earn well deserved peace

And cure the heart-ache, back pain and eye strain

That a physician is heir to, ‘tis a  consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To break free, to sleep

To switch careers, follow our dreams: ay, there’s the rub;

For in that new horizon we know not what awaits,

In cancelling p q r and MU2, we know not what may result

This gives us pause, the concern of abandoning a noble pursuit

For who would bear the insurer’s insolence, the patient’s ire

The legal pitfalls, the administrative hassles, the social malaise

But the fear of the unknown, the dread of untested waters,

Is it better to bear those ills we have

Than to fly to others we know not of ?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pith and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action.


Submitted by Udita Jahagirdar M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

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