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Conclusion of the bedside manner series
We left off with Jim from Montreal who was told to come to see his doctor when he had an emergency at work. He was left to wait all day because he did not have an appointment.
The reverse is also true
On the other hand, People who have had appointments can wait longer than people who just walk in. Some of the reasons the clinic gives are ” this was an emergency case, the patient was transferred from another hospital to have the test done, the doctor picked up the wrong case file, and somehow or other your file got buried down in the pile by accident.
Marian waited naked in the gynecologist’s examining room for a half hour because the doctor made a mistake and started his rounds at the wrong end.
Besides the doctors being overworked some of them are dealing with patients who will die. Doctors have to deal with death on a continual basis. It can be emotionally devastating to the doctor as well. To protect themselves, some doctors distance themselves too much from their patients in order to do their work without emotionally breaking down. They go beyond self-preservation to the point that they have alienated themselves from their patients. The end result is that doctor patient relationship is lost.
Then of course there are the doctors who just don’t care. University students have told this examiner they are choosing a career in medicine primarily for the money. They do that in psychology this examiner’s field also. It is a shame.
Examiner Note: Please note that I do not want to give the impression that there are no good doctors in Montreal, because that cannot be further from the truth, we have many wonderful doctors, highly skilled and specialized in their field, and some of these doctors are even American doctors who prefer the Canadian medical system to the Americans. These stories are Canadian stories but they equally apply to doctors in the USA as well.
However, not all competent doctors are always nice doctors, and all nice doctors are not always competent doctors. If you have to make a choice go for the competent doctor, rude or not, your life is what is the most important aspect to consider. Good bedside manner makes the bad news a little easier to accept but it can’t take it away.
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