Basically, this person questioned the wisdom of the age-old words "just find a good doctor," and more or less questioned whether this was even possible in this age of EHRs, administrative bureaucracy, and guidelines. I would, and in fact did argue, that finding a "good doctor" is almost definitely possible.
Below is the expanded version of my rant:
First of all, there are plenty of "good doctors" to be found. Competent, compassionate people who care about their patients. I know this because I have been lucky enough to see several of them over the years--both primary care doctors and specialists. Doctors who explain and teach, and who listen carefully and examine thoroughly. They provide good care despite the challenges of EHRs, the constant urges from HMOs and administrators to see more patients in less time, the hurdles associated with MOC and TJC and all of the other bureaucracy.
It is possible to find a "good doctor," but it may not be easy, depending on geographic location and whether insurance network is narrow or broad. Also, doctors that are widely considered "good' may have large patient panels and may not be taking new patients. There are a multitude of doctor-rating sites with information about doctors, but word of mouth still seems much more helpful to find a doctor whose 'bedside manner' fits a patient's needs and wants. Because there are so many intangibles involved...like whether a doctor looks you in the eye rather than staring at the computer, whether a doctor takes the time to draw a picture of complicated anatomy for you, or whether a doctor gives you his/her home number just in case you need it. These kinds of things can't be measured very well by rating sites and patient satisfaction surveys (in fact, patient satisfaction surveys are a whole separate issue).
Contrary to what the original FB poster seemed to believe, I think it is definitely possible for people to still find "good doctors." Because most doctors are good people who are in the profession to do good and help people.