“A doctor must work 18 hrs a day and 7 days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, then get out of the profession.” Martin H. Fischer ( 11/11/1879-1/19/62 German-born American physician and author.
The Dr. Fischer quote loudly echoes my belief, that doctors should be fully engaged in their profession-theirs is NOT a 9-5 job. Yet, most treat patients as if the sparse amount if time spent with each patient ( an average of of 10-16 minutes, if we are lucky to see an “average” physician) was their total investment in that patient until their next appointment, and no further inquiry is made into the complaint voiced by their patients.
And, how do I know this, or even think this is true?
I have had doctors, specialists even, tell me that they “don’t have the time to research (my) complaints, especially since they are so unique.” Why, then, are they doctors? It really disgusts me that my doctors may actually NOT care about their patients – that they became doctors because their Mumsy insisted upon it, or because, no matter how they practiced, they would eventually end up driving a Mercedes.
I was told on more than one occasion to go to one of the large, teaching hospitals in Boston to get the best care, especially with my complex issues. Well. I DID GO. To three if them. And do you think that I was ever the topic of conversation in any of the meetings that these speciality departments have in the large teaching hospitals here in Boston. NOPE. I know because I asked. All three. Perhaps, if I had been the topic of a case review, someone there would have had the cognizance to do a Google search and find clues to what may be going on with me ( like I have done).
So to all of your physicians out there, if you don’t believe in the truth of Dr. Fischer’s quote – get the HELL out of the field and stop wasting the time and money of your patients.
Yeah, yeah, I know all about the insurance companies and their unreasonable demands that don’t let doctors spend lots of time with patients, but, as Dr. Fischer points out, it is not a 9-5 job folks. Google a symptom. You just may discover the cause of someone’s suffering and be able to address the cause, and improve their quality of life.
And, isn’t that what you got into the healing profession??
If not – take Dr. Fischer’s advice, and GET OUT!!!
For the sake of your patients. Please.