HIPAA (HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT). Provides medical patient security for medical records.
ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS. The near elimination of paper filing allows for instant access to patients' records.
AIDS. The worldwide epidemic has been met with drug cocktails which now allow patients to live a longer life.
ABORTION. The legalization of abortion has provided safer procedures from licensed physicians.
WOMEN DOCTORS. A rarity in 1961, women doctors are now common.
ARNPs (ADVANCED REGISTERED NURSE PRACTITIONERS & PAs (PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANTS). Uncommon or non-existent a half-century ago, these licensed practitioners now both assist physicians and handle patients on their own.
ARTHROSCOPIES. Physicians now have the ability to give less invasive procedures on an out-patient basis without admission to hospitals.
X-RAYS. More advanced imaging is now common thanks to MRIs and Cat Scans. Physicians can now read x-rays on a disc, eliminating the paper x-ray--a big cost-saver for patients.