medical professionals should have their accounts frozen and liquidated....just like they do with they illegal drug dealers.
This is absolutely cray cray. Kash, you have been hitting the sauce a little harder than normal today?
You say this because of this...
More than three-quarters of British doctors prescribe a treatment they know probably won't work at least once a week, like low-dose drugs, vitamins, nutritional supplements or an unnecessary exam, according to a new survey.
Wow. I understand about 90% of your posts are just meant to inflame and start discussion. So fine, lets discuss...
How many crazy people are out there Kash? You think it out of the realm of possibility that out of all the patients that a doctor sees, he might see at least one or two crazy people a week.
Now out of all the patients that a doctor sees, do you think they see one or two at least who think they know more than the doctor and want something done?
You add those two things together and you get doctors who often times do things for patients that they know won't help and if they are good doctors won't hurt the patient at least once a week?
Like telling them to take some vitamins which really don't cost anything but the patient doesn't know. The patient is happy. The doctor gets the crazy patient off his back so he is happy. As a side note the doctor gets good feedback so his reimbursement is not negatively effected.
Or crazy patient comes in demanding a study for some pain they have. Well, doctor knows it isn't anything but the risk of a lawsuit and keeping the patient happy makes them just order the study to get the patient out of his hair.
This use of placebo treatments directly contradicts advice from the British Medical Association, which deems them unethical.
You understand the different between real world and ivory tower don't you?
The patient feels better. The patient is happy. The doctor is happy. Overall sometimes you have to treat the mental aspects of a patient. So you do.
The only problem is when you have weak willed doctors or bad doctors who listen too much to a patient... LINK
Interesting that happy patients have a higher morbidity.
Some feel that this is doing what the patient wants rather than what needs to be done. The patient is happy even though it isn't the best thing.
So when going onto those sites that track patient satisfaction with doctors, realize they don't tell the story.
Also realize that doctors who brag about how much their patients love them may not be telling the whole story or be even close to the best physicians out there.
Kash, you attempt at starting a debate here is weak. And I think this discussion is pretty much over about doctors.
If you wish to talk about a system that will reward doctors on patient satisfaction, well that is a different story.
If you wish to talk about crazy patients, well have at it.
But calling doctors the same thing as illegal drug dealers for giving someone crazy a cheap vitamin that doesn't hurt anyone and makes everyone happy is lame and not understand the issue.
ETA, sorry fixed link
This post was edited on 4/6 at 7:39 pm