We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have a great respect for doctors and their compassion and skills. They are not what is wrong with healthcare today. If I would select one group to blame, Bird Dog, it would be politicians.
This doesn't mean that physicians can't make mistakes. Or that there are not some rascally physicians among the large group of admirable ones. But, on balance, physicians are the good guys. They have skills that they labored hard to gain and to keep up to date. And the good ones take conscientious care of us civilians.
Most politicians are not knowledgeable. About much of anything. Many don't even bother to read the bills they vote on. They have staffs of recent college graduates who are neither seasoned or, in many cases, sympathetic to the needs of others and knowledgeable about our history and government. These 'children' assemble dreadful pieces of legislation which run to thousands of pages so that the legislators they work for can attach their names to them.
So .... yes, indeed. I have a great respect for our doctors.
Marianne... don't necessarily disagree with you. But there is the doctor with the patient, and then there's the doctor with the administration. Let me tell you, there's a mask there. And a lot of ugly hides behind it.
Luther ... I know that in many ways you're right. Doctors do have masks. I have a few close friends who are nurses, and they have stories to tell which are not exactly flattering to some doctors. But our experiences over the past 8 or 10 years or so, with the Dark Side of politicians leads me toward a lasting disrespect for the breed in general. As grown-ups, we all know that it is sometimes difficult to hew to the side of honor and principle. But the political class seems to have departed from the straight and narrow with increasing ease and facility. They no longer seem to know what honor and principle are. Arrogance and hubris seem to have taken over completely, and thus we are all at risk for the consequences.
Human nature comes into play into all professions, which means there will be a certain number of bad apples in any large group. I am sure that motivation varies.
However, I do hope that the majority of doctors do take the Hippocratic Oath seriously and want to help patients heal.
MM is spot on with the politicians. My goodness, who could be more unqualified than a community organizer? That is why we need the Protection from Politicians Act (see the earlier thread by Dr. Bliss), an idea I conceived tonight.
Doctors - Years and years of tough schooling and internship to become a doctor.
Politicians - A few months of kissing-ass, lying, smiling, holding babies to become a doctor.
Luther, That 'ugly' you speak of is justified in a lot of cases. A doctor has to depend on patients to follow his instructions, nurses to follow instructions for hospitalized patients, techs to do the right thing... There are too many things out of the doctor's control that can go wrong due to the incompetence of others. Who gets sued? I know from having lived with a doctor for 20 years that the number one stressor is caused by those he hires to do the tech/nurse work.