With abounding lawsuits in the medical industry, doctors too are following suit behind disclaimers and a lot of legal documentation. Today's medical experts are not prone to being verbose with small talk and opinion because, with minced words, accountability and liability comes into play.
If you have decent rapport with your doctor and his or her staff, consider yourself lucky. More people are reporting that they are changing doctors or specialists because they feel uncomfortable with the lack of communication. A typical waiting lounge at a doctor's office moves people in and out of the office almost as quickly as those shuffling onto and off of amusement park rides.
The overhead at an office can be costly, but off-setting these costs by fitting more patients into your daily schedule will certainly pay off, especially your staffing needs. Though, actually speaking to the patient pays well in just consultation fees, not even seeing a patient can generate income. Doctors are often requested to fill and sign paperwork for FMLA candidates. The average charge for filling out a sheet of paper is $20. Of course, doctors also receive perks from drug company sales representatives in the form of tickets to sporting events, office supplies, coupons for restaurants, and the list goes on. I'm certainly not insinuating that doctors are corrupt individuals, but I am concerned about the automation that makes it so much easier to not have to deal with people and then point them in line to pay for your services. In this line of work, Q & A is absolutely necessary to ascertain what the issues are and what needs to be done to treat or cure the sick and afflicted.
Indiscriminant silence should be the motto of the day for forth coming doctors – they are being educated more on legal boundaries and how to avoid mal-practice lawsuits than the social networking skills needed to troubleshoot their patients' needs. The word troubleshoot is generally used in a technical sense, and that is precisely how the interaction takes place today. Uncommon are the personable conversations between the patient and their doctor anymore, and it's only expected to get more mechanical. In fact, with the advent of video streaming via the internet, some medical professionals are taking their practice online instead of in-person. This sort of consultation is ideal for handicapped individuals with limited resources to get to and from the office, but for your child with the sore throat and slight fever, you may feel that this is unacceptable. You are not left alone in your feelings.
Existing laws and practices make it hard to equip the industry with sub-standard intellect in this field of practice, however, it doesn't only take brains to properly diagnose and treat your patient. No pun intended, but it takes patience and the attitude to deviate from the norm. We expect our doctors to ask questions, maybe play in to the fact that we are human beings and not robots, and ultimately, a great doctor will make time to say their goodbyes instead of having their nursing assistant or secretary handle this at the counter where you pay your debt.