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View Diary: How ACA can save lives: let’s visit my Emergency Room on Thanksgiving morning (158 comments)

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  •  Thanks for the stories. (6+ / 0-)

    I have worked in healthcare (hospitals) for all of my career of 37 years.  Physicians with your viewpoint are rare.  The vast majority of the ones that I have encountered are sharply right-wing and now rail on about the ACA as they have always done about Medicare and Medicaid, both of which existed before they chose their profession.

    •  Medical doctors are not the most empathetic (2+ / 0-)
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      jan4insight, Calamity Jean

      people in the world. I suspect it has to do with the ability to acquire a large body of memorized information, a talent not available to people who are easily distracted by emotion and sympathy. Then too, it takes a certain cold-bloodedness to cut into living flesh and/or sever a rotting limb.
      Knowing that earlier intervention would have mitigated the worst case is not going to improve attitude, either.

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      by hannah on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 09:19:04 AM PST

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      •  and also (3+ / 0-)
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        I think some doctors have to wall off their hearts somewhat from feeling all that happens to their patients, for self protection.
        I think when humans close themselves to some emotions for self protection you end up being closed to most emotions (have experienced this general situation myself).

        In self protection their hearts can be closed and they can lack spontaneous empathy.

        I've seen my doctors not really give a damn about how my health situation is effecting my life. I"ve also reached such doctors by prying open (it felt like) that shut door.

        •  How'd you have time to pry open a doctor's heart? (0+ / 0-)

          They're in and out of the room in 3 minutes, looking at their watches, not at you.  I don't think I've had one in the past 30 years who's even learned my name.

          The doc who wrote this diary is an obvious exception.  I've never doubted there are doctors with hearts out there.  I just haven't seen one in the past 45 years.

          "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers

          by Kentucky DeanDemocrat on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 11:52:26 PM PST

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    •  wondering where you live or at least where (1+ / 0-)
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      Eyesbright

      you encountered the mostly right wing doctors.

      It is true the doctors in general have more money than the average person, and the more money you have the greater the tendency to lean right or worse.

      But I'm in MA and the doctors I have known seem to lean left as much as the average people here (my sample size is relatively small. Note also that people in MA are much more moderate than people think).

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