Saturday, April 3, 2010

I like my doctors happy.

I read an article online, in kind of a left leaning tabloid-ish blog type of thing, about a doctor in Florida who is refusing to treat patients who voted for Barack Obama.   He's unhappy about the recent health care reform. 

I would not go to this doctor, and it has nothing to do with my or his political leanings.  It has everything to do with the fact that he does not seem happy.  I want my doctors to at least appear to be happy, content and traveling through life on an even emotional keel, at least when I'm in their presence.   I understand doctors are human, and they have opinions, biases, prejudices, likes, dislikes, family issues and so on, just like anybody else.  But when I'm in their office, I'm nervous enough as it is - I want calmness, reassurance & competent professionalism, not conflict.  That seems like basic customer service to me.

I don't want an upset, grumpy, angry doctor anywhere near my prostate.  That's traumatic enough in the best of circumstances.

Back in the days when I used to fly a lot, I'd avoid any airlines that were having labor problems, if at all possible.  I didn't like to fly, and I didn't need the added stress of thinking about the possibility that the airplane I was riding in may have been serviced by an disgruntled mechanic.  Same principle.


Heather said...

Wow! Is that even legal? Too refuse service to a patient because of their beliefs or political views and not because of their ailment. Never heard such a thing. Then again, I have never heard of a doctor turning down money either!

Yeah I would perfer my doctor to at least pretend to be happy.

A Valdese Blogger said...

Heather: I'm not sure if it's illegal or not. But it does seem a tad unethical.

Patti Anne said...

That guy was highlighted last night on John Stewart as "inethical basterds"! Too funny!