Why do so many people think that doctors are God? Why believe that they can never make a mistake?
50% of all Medical school graduates are in the bottom half of their class.
Why do people think doctors are gods? That's a good question. Certainly they are intelligent enough to get through college, then medical school, internships, and even specialty based classes after all that.
But, yes, they do make their share of mistakes. That is a given. But when you, as a patient, are in distress, pain, suffering from an illness, doctors are the only ones that you can turn to. Doctors provide relief from pain, accidents, illnesses, and can even provide cures sometimes.
That is powerful stuff. There isn't a good alternative.
But, yes, doctors make many mistakes, they are human. They operate on the wrong site, they prescribe the wrong treatments, they confuse one patient for another, and more.
The best thing to do it to get several recommendations before seeing a specific doctor.
Then, if you get BETTER, you may have found a good doctor and you should stick with them.
If you get WORSE (or stay the same), you should look for another doctor and get a second, maybe even a third opinion, before continuing to see that doctor.
Educate yourself and figure out what you need. YOU are the one living in your body, so only YOU know what works and what doesn't.
I certainly agree with most of what you've said Austinstar. However, the option of getting another opinion, or even 3 other opinions, isn't realistic when you look at insurance limitations. Insurance coverage now drives most healthcare decisions.
That is not exactly true. You can call your insurance company and ask for a referral to another doctor. You are not locked in. You can also switch insurance companies. Or you can pay the dr. Directly and fire the insurance company.
There are many, many people who cannot afford to just pay the doctor. My husband recently had a routine physical exam with lab work & it cost over $1000 but much less with insurance. And many people have insurance through their place of employmen
And how much are you paying for insurance? Some people pay $1000 a month just for insurance. That's $12,000 a year you could put directly into your Own health care plan. I'm just saying.
It's true many people are paying an exorbitant monthly fee for insurance. But the $12000 you mention wouldn't go far in paying for that catastrophic illness or injury that results in a $250,000-$500,000 hospital bill...and I have seen many of those.
It is amazing, and it is blindness. Science has promoted the mind of the so-called educated person as having the potential to solve all problems but that does not change the truth.
While we are thankful for true medical help that is available, we need to understand that it has its limitations and those limitations include the fact that doctors make many, many mistakes. Staying away from them as much as possible is generally the very safest route.
In that same vein of thought, people have a tendency to not want to take responsibility for behaviors that affect their health and doctors are not able to overrule those behaviors. However, the medical community knows how to capitalize on those behaviors, which returns us to my first paragraph.
People do get sick through no fault of their own and accidents happen, so again, we are thankful for true medical help, but even then, it pays to pay close attention to what is happening with the caregiving. Sick/injured people need a responsible advocate with them in medical settings.
Having said all that, the above are general comments. Some doctors are truly dedicated to helping patients but they are as caught/trapped in the web of the business of medicine (and more and more the government intrusion into the world of medicine) so that their efforts are hindered and patients suffer.
Doing our best to be healthy by being good stewards of the gift of life in our bodies can help us navigate the journey of this life. Beyond that, I am thankful to be able to recommend what is offered in John 10:10.
It's true there are many dedicated, conscientious physicians who consistently bring the best of Hippocates to our modern day world. As a registered nurse of over 30 years, I am continuously fascinated...and appalled... at the world of medicine.
I'm going to look to see if you have written about your experiences...
RT - I just joined the hub pages a week ago so I haven't written much yet. Still just reviewing topics and starting to respond to those of interest. I am both a registered nurse and a college instructor so I have many areas I want to review. Thanks
Because doctors and modern medicine have dramatically brought down the death rate and increased life expectancy in the past 100 years, so people assume they can fix / cure everything.
And scientism, which supposes science can answer everything, puts doctors and scientists on a pedestal socially and emotionally, refusing to admit there are politics involved on matters such as climate change to push socialism to studies supposing that everyone who isn't liberal is stupid or crazy to using medical studies to justify government policies like eugenics.
The point is they DO make mistakes. They often make mistakes. This is not to disparage their good intentions, but they are human.
Many years ago my elder boy, then around twelve, complained of a tummy pain which wouldn't go away. I took him to a local doctor who diagnosed that he had appendicitis. I'm no medico but the diagnosis just didn't seem right to me.. I immediately took him to another doctor. I didn't mention the first one or his diagnosis.
The second doctors said, "He's suffering from appendictis." So off to the local hospital I raced. After waiting an age, we at last got to see the duty intern who said, "Yes, he's got appendicitis." Better keep in in. He'll need to be operated on."
That night we got a call from a more experienced doctor at the hospital.
"You're son will be right in a day or so. He was suffering from 'glandular fever.'
So there you have it. Three wrongs and and a right.
Since that time I've always regarded doctors' diagnoses with a certain amount of scepticism. Mostly they are right. But sometimes they are wrong. And aren't we all? But one thing is for sure. Doctor's are no more a god than any of us are.
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