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Doctors being honest

It the last issue of Reader’s Digest two dozen of doctors revealed “41 Secrets Your Doctor Would Never Share“.

I recognized myself in quite a few of these thoughts shared by the colleagues. Here are some of their “confessions”:

  • So let me get this straight: You want a referral to three specialists, an MRI, the medication you saw on TV, and an extra hour for this visit. Gotcha. Do you want fries with that?
    –Douglas Farrago, MD
     
  • It really bugs me when people come to the ER for fairly trivial things that could be dealt with at home.
    –ER physician, Colorado Springs, Colorado
     
  • Sometimes it’s easier for a doctor to write a prescription for a medicine than to explain why the patient doesn’t need it.
    –Cardiologist, Bangor, Maine
     
  • Often the biggest names, the department chairmen, are not the best clinicians, because they spend most of their time being administrators. They no longer primarily focus on taking care of patients.
    –Heart surgeon, New York City
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