I have been increasingly noticing lately that CPAs and doctors are very similar. The both have waiting rooms with brochures and magazines. One set of initials after their names is not enough and it is no longer fashionable to be a generalist. Both accountants and doctors are becoming specialists and many are developing subspecialties. I am also seeing CPAs making referrals to other CPAs, similar to what doctors have always done.

They both are concerned about the health of the people they serve--physical in the doctors' case, financial with regard to CPAs, and psychological with respect to both. Annual checkups are conducted in which there is an examination of the client's/patient's numbers, advice is provided--and which is rarely followed to the letter.  

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