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Physician Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:50 pm
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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.

    B vs E are close contender, why B?

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    Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:17 pm
    Yet the average amount of
    time a patient spends with a physician during an office visit has actually increased



    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 possibleewhat over the last ten years."

    If the physian sees as many patients as possi.. then the time spent will be lesss...

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    Post Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:28 am
    maihuna wrote:
    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.

    B vs E are close contender, why B?
    Hi Maihuna,

    In paradox questions, look for a contrast keyword like "yet", "but" or "however"; it will center the paradox. Before going to the answer choices, make sure you understand the paradox (the surprise) and why its paradoxical (why its surprising).

    The last sentence begins with "yet". That means that we can understand the paradox by contrasting the final two sentences against each other. The paradox can be summed up as: "most physicians belive they have less time per patient yet they are actually spending more time per patient".

    Then, choice B clearly resolves: because they have a so many more treatment options in diagnosis and treatment, naturally, physicians will need more time diagnose and treat a particular patient; so even though they are spending more time they believe (ie, feel) as though they are spending less time.

    Choice E is a common trap in paradox questions; it is called a 180 or opposite. As Kabir points out if physicians want to minimize the time spent per patient (to maximize their dollars), they will spend less and not more time; but the last sentence tells us that they are actually spending more time per patient. So, choice E tends to oppose the facts presented in the passage. Also, if choice E were true, it would not lie well in the physicians' mouths to say that because of the new requirements they feel as though they have less time; instead, it would be because of their desire to maximize dollars.

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    Post Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:02 am
    Thanks TestLuv,
    Got it.

    Thanks again.

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    Post Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:32 am
    Testluv wrote:
    maihuna wrote:
    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.

    B vs E are close contender, why B?
    Hi Maihuna,

    In paradox questions, look for a contrast keyword like "yet", "but" or "however"; it will center the paradox. Before going to the answer choices, make sure you understand the paradox (the surprise) and why its paradoxical (why its surprising).

    The last sentence begins with "yet". That means that we can understand the paradox by contrasting the final two sentences against each other. The paradox can be summed up as: "most physicians belive they have less time per patient yet they are actually spending more time per patient".

    Then, choice B clearly resolves: because they have a so many more treatment options in diagnosis and treatment, naturally, physicians will need more time diagnose and treat a particular patient; so even though they are spending more time they believe (ie, feel) as though they are spending less time.

    Choice E is a common trap in paradox questions; it is called a 180 or opposite. As Kabir points out if physicians want to minimize the time spent per patient (to maximize their dollars), they will spend less and not more time; but the last sentence tells us that they are actually spending more time per patient. So, choice E tends to oppose the facts presented in the passage. Also, if choice E were true, it would not lie well in the physicians' mouths to say that because of the new requirements they feel as though they have less time; instead, it would be because of their desire to maximize dollars.
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    Post Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:43 am
    What part are you unclear on?

    The paradox is that now doctors are spending more time per patient even though they feel they feel as though they are now spending less time per patient (than they used to). Choice B resolves because it tells us that with technological advances, doctors now have to spend more time per patient in order to feel as though they are doing their job. So this explains why they feel as though they are not spending as much time even though they are actually spending more time.

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    Post Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:56 am
    Testluv wrote:
    What part are you unclear on?

    The paradox is that now doctors are spending more time per patient even though they feel they feel as though they are now spending less time per patient (than they used to). Choice B resolves because it tells us that with technological advances, doctors now have to spend more time per patient in order to feel as though they are doing their job. So this explains why they feel as though they are not spending as much time even though they are actually spending more time.
    Understood why B is right ! Thanks

    for E,

    do u mean that ?!!

    Maximise Profits ---> More Patients ---> Less Time

    Argument says,
    Yet,.... MORE time

    CONTRADICTION

    Therfore, fuhget abt E..


    Right ???

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    Post Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:11 am
    mmslf75 wrote:
    Testluv wrote:
    What part are you unclear on?

    The paradox is that now doctors are spending more time per patient even though they feel they feel as though they are now spending less time per patient (than they used to). Choice B resolves because it tells us that with technological advances, doctors now have to spend more time per patient in order to feel as though they are doing their job. So this explains why they feel as though they are not spending as much time even though they are actually spending more time.
    Understood why B is right ! Thanks

    for E,

    do u mean that ?!!

    Maximise Profits ---> More Patients ---> Less Time

    Argument says,
    Yet,.... MORE time

    CONTRADICTION

    Therfore, fuhget abt E..


    Right ???
    Yes, that's right.

    A couple comments. Paradoxes are not arguments; it will be easier to deal with a paradox question without thinking about conclusion, etc because there is no conclusion etc. Instead, in paradox you get a set of facts out of whose combination arises a paradox.

    Also, choice E is an example of a very common wrong answer type; they do the opposite of what we want; we can call them opposite or 180s.

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    Post Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:14 am
    can someone please explain how to rule out c. since here its mentioned that " patient spends with a physician during an office visit has actually increased somewhat ", so if we go with C then cant we conclude that since the doctors average out their time, hence the average time they spend becomes less than, what they actually spends.

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    Dear Expert,

    Why is C in correct an option?
    If physicians are group-practicing, they're each spending lesser time per time a patient but a summed up time a patient spends with physician(s) (time with doc1 + time with doc3 + ...) is more. So, that also resolves the paradox. No? Please tell me why not. Thanks in advance.

    C: Physicians are increasingly likely to work in group practices, sharing the responsibility of night and weekend work.

    Testluv wrote:
    maihuna wrote:
    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.

    B vs E are close contender, why B?
    Hi Maihuna,

    In paradox questions, look for a contrast keyword like "yet", "but" or "however"; it will center the paradox. Before going to the answer choices, make sure you understand the paradox (the surprise) and why its paradoxical (why its surprising).

    The last sentence begins with "yet". That means that we can understand the paradox by contrasting the final two sentences against each other. The paradox can be summed up as: "most physicians belive they have less time per patient yet they are actually spending more time per patient".

    Then, choice B clearly resolves: because they have a so many more treatment options in diagnosis and treatment, naturally, physicians will need more time diagnose and treat a particular patient; so even though they are spending more time they believe (ie, feel) as though they are spending less time.

    Choice E is a common trap in paradox questions; it is called a 180 or opposite. As Kabir points out if physicians want to minimize the time spent per patient (to maximize their dollars), they will spend less and not more time; but the last sentence tells us that they are actually spending more time per patient. So, choice E tends to oppose the facts presented in the passage. Also, if choice E were true, it would not lie well in the physicians' mouths to say that because of the new requirements they feel as though they have less time; instead, it would be because of their desire to maximize dollars.

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