Denton County Living Well Magazine Spring 2015 - Page 9

partnered with other physicians to form private practices with multiple locations. Employed physicians, on the other hand, are salaried personnel who work for consolidated hospital groups. Joe chose independent Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Craig Goodhart, with OrthoTexas in Carrolton. “I chose Dr. Goodhart, because I was able to get an appointment right away. I had a few days between jobs and the kids were on a bi-week from baseball. If I couldn’t get in this window of time, I wasn’t going to be able to get my knee taken care of. What I learned during this process was the valuable difference between independent physicians and employed doctors.” Hospitals have higher operati