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  1. Sara My
    Sara My October 8, 2008 at 8:37 am | | Reply


    As usual, you hit the nail on the head. (Sometimes it is the doctor that needs to be hit on the head). This gist of Patient’s = people is so obvious but so many doctors fail to realize and contemplate the point. It’s a disconnect. Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. Nate
    Nate October 8, 2008 at 1:39 pm | | Reply

    Diabetes isn’t that big of a show stopper. If you manage your body and pay attention then life will continue as normal

  3. Pruin
    Pruin October 8, 2008 at 5:15 pm | | Reply

    The disconnect between patients and healthcare providers is the biggest frustration about dealing with health issues. Many times they are so condescending and often scold patients in such a way that it makes the patient feel like they have done something wrong on purpose to make themselves get sick. I had a former doctor who decided that I was a lazy couch potatoe when she did not have any idea about what I did each day to earn a living. I was holding down two full time jobs and worked part time on weekends to help my single daughter who was fighting two types of cancer pay her bills. It was during this time that I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and I believe that stress played a partial role. Needless to say she is not longer my physician.

  4. Lauren
    Lauren October 8, 2008 at 7:08 pm | | Reply

    The failure to consider the point of view of patients, and the fact that we are ALL patients, in some way, is a very, very big problem. While it is shocking, it’s very prevalent. I have been amazed by the disconnect in the medical profession. I am speaking here as both a patient and a future health care provider.

    All I can say is that doctors are overworked and overwhelmed and I blame the horrible health care system in this country. Insurance companies should not be for-profit institutions because it is always in their interest to cut reimbursements to doctors, and deny patients care and treatments. There is too much focus on turning astronomical profits, in all aspects of health care, and it is incredibly corrupting.

    Doctors are under a ton of pressure to practice cattle-car medicine and they wind up becoming distant and hard to reach; increasingly they see patients as “whiners” and drains on their time.

    I’ve worked for doctors who, when a patient began to cry in their office for a legitimate reason, bolted from the room and asked me to give the patient the number of a psychiatrist. The doctor could have offered the patient a Kleenex and said “How can I help?,” but they felt it would back up their entire appointment schedule and be unfair to the other 20 people in the waiting room. I understand the stress physicians feel, their job is not easy. But I also think it’s important to remember that medicine is about PEOPLE, not diseases that exist in a vacuum.

    In my opinion the key is to break the stranglehold insurance companies have on medicine, and allow physicians to do what they are trained to do: take care of people, without the pressure to “treat ‘em and street ‘em.” As patients, we also have to be our own best advocates, and make it clear that we won’t accept the harmful, outrageous trends in the health care field.

  5. Emily Downward
    Emily Downward October 10, 2008 at 8:53 am | | Reply

    Good point. I agree with you.

    Doctors are people, too, and unfortunately there are good ones and not so good ones. Engineers, on the other hand… (j/k)

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