ETHICS for PATIENTS == READ! == or one day, YOU could get SUED

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Pay Attention! Learn the new patient's ethics!
    OR--
    one of these days, the tables might be turned on us-- and we'll be the ones getting sued...!!!!

    1. DO NOT EXPECT YOUR DOCTOR TO SHARE YOUR DISCOMFORT.
    Involvement with the patient's suffering might cause him/her to lose valuable scientific objectivity.

    2. BE CHEERFUL AT ALL TIMES.
    Your doctor leads a busy and trying life and requires all the gentleness and reassurance s/he can get.

    3. TRY TO SUFFER FROM THE DISEASE FOR WHICH YOU ARE BEING TREATED.
    Remember that your doctor has a professional reputation to uphold.

    4. DO NOT COMPLAIN IF THE TREATMENT FAILS TO BRING RELIEF.
    You must believe that your doctor has achieved a deep insight into the true nature of your illness, which transcends any mere permanent disability you may have experienced.

    5. NEVER ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO EXPLAIN WHAT S/HE IS DOING OR WHY S/HE IS DOING IT.
    It is presumptuous to assume that such profound matters could be explained in terms that you would ever understand.

    6. SUBMIT TO NOVEL EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT READILY.
    Though the surgery or medication may not benefit you directly, the resulting research paper will surely be of widespread interest; and/or the drug companies will give your doctor more free vacations on cruise ships.. errr, I mean-- continuing education seminars.

    7. PAY YOUR MEDICAL BILLS PROMPTLY AND WILLINGLY.
    You should consider it a privilege to contribute, however modestly, to the well-being of physicians and other humanitarians.

    8. DO NOT SUFFER FROM AILMENTS THAT YOU CANNOT AFFORD.
    It is sheer arrogance to contract illnesses that are beyond your means.

    9. NEVER REVEAL ANY OF THE SHORTCOMINGS THAT HAVE COME TO LIGHT IN THE COURSE OF TREATMENT BY YOUR DOCTOR.
    The patient-doctor relationship is a privileged one, and you have a sacred duty to protect him/her from exposure. This includes NEVER bringing any info that you've printed off the internet, no matter how reputable the site or institution.

    11. NEVER DIE WHILE IN YOUR DOCTOR'S PRESENCE OR UNDER HIS/HER DIRECT CARE.
    This will only cause him/her needless inconvenience and embarrassment.



    [This Message was Edited on 04/18/2008]
    [This Message was Edited on 04/18/2008]
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member


    NEVER TELL YOUR DOCTORS ABOUT AN HERB THAT WORKS BETTER THAN PRESCRIBED MEDICINE:

    It ruins their whole perception of their profession!

  3. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    I thought it was something about how doctors could somehow sue a patient for too many meds, not following orders, etc. I thought it was a bit out there, but I have heard of doctors firing patients, sooooo.....

    And, there is was...you and your wonderful sense of humor.

    I guess everyone else has caught on to you,eh?

    We'll see. This should bump it up and see if you can catch a few others.

    Hope today is good around your neck of the woods.

    Sue
  4. Doober

    Doober New Member

    As much as this was written in a comical way.

    These are true in their own strange way.
  5. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    ....that's what makes things funny many times...just enough truth to be possible.

    I agree...it was funny, but underneath, there is some experientail truth.

    Have a good day.

    Sue
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I guess that's why I like political comedy no matter who they're making fun of, same thing with this and why it's 'funny' yet makes a point.

    I can't take credit for making it up, just for passing it along, lol.

    (I didn't send this to a doctor friend as I knew he'd take offense; it would be an interesting experiment to present something like this to doctors by non-doctors or fellow physicians, and see if who gave it to them made a difference as to whether they thought it was funny.)

    ;)
    Victoria

  7. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    never ever let the doctor know that you are smart and know a great deal about the human body/have researched the symptoms yourself. This can turn you into:

    A munchhausens by proxy mom suspect
    A person seeking narcotics
    A person seeking presc. drugs to sell on
    A hypochondriac

    I know this because I have practically been accused of all of these despite the fact that they KNOW I am a psychologist and need to be well informed, (don't we all).

    Love Annie