I came across this article about what makes being a doctor such a challenge these days.
I know what you’re thinking… Hard to be a doctor, my ass. Initially, I thought I couldn’t feel bad for doctors in light of my dubious IF treatment over the past few years and the down right atrocious care my mother has received.
But this article is a great read because it helped me understand the larger forces at play that make giving quality care difficult for medical professionals. Don’t get me wrong- I’m still deeply angry about my mother’s medical treatment. Still, it is interesting to see what the other side of the story is. Some quotes from the article:
On the patient-doctor relationship:
How patients feel about their medical interactions really does influence the efficacy of the care they receive, and doctors’ emotions about their work in turn influence the quality of the care they provide. Despite our virtuosic surgical capacities, our cutting-edge technology, and our pharmaceutical advances, the patient-doctor relationship is still the heart of medicine. And it has eroded terribly.
On attitudes doctors have toward their profession and morale:
According to a 2012 survey, nearly eight out of 10 physicians are “somewhat pessimistic or very pessimistic about the future of the medical profession.”[…] In 2008, only 6 percent “described their morale as positive.” Doctors today are more likely to kill themselves than are members of any other professional group.
And this one particularly speaks to me…
Without being fully aware of it, what I really wanted all along was a doctor trained in a different system, who understood that a conversation was as important as a prescription; a doctor to whom healing mattered as much as state-of-the-art surgery did.
I like to think that people who become doctors want to care for people, but at some point a line is crossed. Patients are treated like pieces in an assembly line and doctors are cogs in that machine. It’s in the name of efficency, but comes at the cost of real care.
If you’ve ever felt like you had to fight to get the kind of treatment you need, you should definitely check this out.