Dangerous ground I'm treading on here, as it could have a direct impact on the future of my health care. You can criticise your own race and get the usual boring defensive response, but doing anything to chase these guys from our shores is potentially harmful to my future. Whatever, I'm criticising medical doctors, regardless of the consequences.
Lets face it, only a few of us (no, not me included) have the academic ability to even qualify to try to get a medical doctors degree. So already some respect there. Then they study at least seven years, if they pass every year on the way though. Imagine the cost involved, you'd have to have a lot of confidence taking out a student loan to do this, or wealthy parents. Its a daunting and expensive task.
What bugs me is that often after a few years in practice, many doctors seem to become complacent and arrogant. Maybe this is due to the awe and respect they are given. The title "Doctor" is often held in godlike awe by many of us. This must have an impact on them, a bit like entertainment stars, we elevate them above us.
This aloofness often results in doctors ignoring listening to patients, like the patient never knows what they are talking about regarding their own illnesses. They quickly diagnose without a thorough check, very often misdiagnosing - with disastrous consequences. Example, my father was diagnosed with flu when he had leukaemia, he died a month later. My wife, after months of pain, was diagnosed with gastric flu. She actually had Crohns disease, a chronic immune disease. The diagnosis were prompt, little regard for taking a bit of thought, investigating a bit. More interested in a quick buck for the consultation perhaps, or perhaps just plain know it all arrogance. But I'm not the suing type, so those guys still continue practicing, with me bickering in the background. Then again, try suing a doctor in this country, its like trying to get an ANC politician held accountable. The Medical and Dental council protects their members from public accountability, you'll battle to get justice, so I am led to believe.
We really badly need our health professionals, but they need to be held accountable as well. I have had the most shocking experiences especially when taking sick staff to doctors, they really seem to be discarded as dirt in 5 minute consultations. (Which I pay for) For a R300 consultation, surely more than 5 minutes should be taken. Some doctors are like factories, they push through 50 patients a day. A mechanic cannot diagnose the problem with an engine in 5 minutes, how can a doctor do it with more complex things like a living being. Sometimes I wonder, was the degree obtained to help mankind, or make a buck.
That said, its not a job I would want in a million years.
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