In any other business in the U.S., a regular customer gets treated with respect–they’re courted and even encouraged to keep coming back for more.
And yet, in the medical industry, the very people who are going to benefit off of our services, are the same ones treating us like total shit–or worse, even discouraging us to come in–or making us feel guilty about coming in!
It is the biggest power fuck game in the world.
(It’s like this in Canada too, even worse sometimes because they have an unlimited supply of patients (since everyone is covered) and there’s no where else to go…)
It’s just the culture of medicine right now, to kick people when they’re down.
And it’s all rooted from the fucking insurance companies–
Because the insurance companies only make money if health providers deny access to medical care, and the easiest way to deny care is to dehumanize the people you’re supposed to be helping.
The train them–starting in medical school–to see patients as second class citizens.
Think about it: if a doctor saw every patient who walked through the door as their best friend, every patient would get a full work up when they had a problem.
That’s what you do for people you care about–you give them what they need.
It’s very subtle of course, and the language is coated around ‘standards of care’ and ‘objectivity’,
but really it’s a systemic indoctrination to get doctors and other healthcare providers to see the people who come to them for help, people who are sick, as human beings lower than them–
Don’t be friends with your patients on Facebook. Don’t have lunch or dinner with your patients. And god forbid don’t fall in love with one of them and sleep with them.
Like today…this TPA the hospital will get *paid* about $5,000 from Blue Shield. It’s extremely expensive shit.
Don’t you think they’d be happy to see me??
“Hello Ms. Kittle, welcome back. I hope you’ve been feeling better.”
What I got: ‘oh, you’re a couple of minutes late [and even though we make you wait 30 minutes to an hour **every time you come here**, minimum], you’re just going to have to come back later.’
And rudely too. Not ‘we’d love to help you but we just can’t do it now because you’re late–however we can accommodate you later.’
Some healthcare providers are fucking rude every chance they get.
It’s fucking evil.