Originally Posted by Kathylou
I don't fear them, but I certainly distrust them. I really think we shouldn't have to pay them if they dont' help us. I hate paying so much money just to have them translate my symptoms into Latin.
I think that's a bit unfair. Just because they're doctors doesn't mean they're miracle workers. I work for a doctor so I see a different side to this story. If a doctor can't help you they should refer you onto to someone who can, however if you have made an appointment and taken up their time, you should pay for it. I don't think anyone should have to work for free, and it's still work - they still spend the time with you regardless or not of the outcome. If a mechanic looks at your car, and decides nothing needs fixing, you still pay him for his time. Why should it be different with doctors?
I have to say, the general distrust of doctors is often caused by media and bad-mouthing rather than actual reality. There are, of course, bad apples out there who give all doctors bad names, who don't care, who don't try, and who aren't any good. The same in all professions. But my boss in particular works SO hard - 80 hours a week at least, he has people's lives in his hands, he studied 17 years to get where he is, he has dozens of patients, he doesn't have the luxury of being able to make the odd mistake like other people in other jobs do, he has ridiculously high expectations placed on him constantly and yet he continues to work his fingers to the bone, bend over backwards and wear himself out helping people.
The majority of people are very demanding when it comes to doctors. They forget that doctors, amazingly, are human too, and are actually out there trying to help and working their butts off to do so. Yeah they earn a lot, but they deserve it! They're DOCTORS! We waltz in and expect them to cure us instantly, to be nice and kind and thoughtful, to treat us right, not to make mistakes, to be perfect, to be miracle workers, and yet we do not in many cases afford them the same respect.
And, in actual fact, they don't really earn that much when you look at what they do. My boss might earn (and yes, I mean EARN - he doesn't just sit back and twiddle his thumbs for this money) $800,000 a year. Yes, a lot to you and me. Nearly half of that goes in tax. Another $200,000 in medical indemnity insurance and membership to the Australian Medical Association, more in rent, and overheads, and equipment. He has to pay me, he has a wife and three children to support, so on and so forth. I would think that he doesn't see nearly 80% of what he earns, and for how hard he works, that's hardly fair. He studied, as I said, for 17 years to become a specialist. He had to support himself through all that time, and later on a wife and children.
Last week I watched him surgically place a tiny tube through someone's mouth, right down into their bile duct, in between two metatstatic tumours, in order for that person's bile to drain properly again and give them another month's relief from their pain and suffering. He literally had millimetres to work with. The biliary system is so complicated and difficult. It took him two hours. This person's jaundice disappeared before my eyes. When he woke up he smiled and had some lunch - the first he'd been able to eat in days. My boss will make $300 for that - a skill that saved someone's life and that only a handful of people in the world can do. $300????? What a joke.
We whinge and whine if they dare to take a day off or go on a holiday or have lunch or do anything, because then they obviously don't care or are unfeeling etc. You should see the sighs and huffs and puffs I get if I happen to say my boss is eating some lunch, or (God forbid) is on leave. Unbelievable. I think people generally are pretty ungrateful and demanding when it comes to doctors, and the doctors for the most part just put up with it as part of their jobs and go on because they're in the business of trying to help people, which it's all too easy to forget.