Skip to comments.Why you should worry that there are fewer white male doctors
Posted on 09/05/2004 4:22:12 PM PDT by freedom44
click here to read article
I got the impressiont that the author thinks of himself too much. He thinks that something requires a majority presence of white males in it to be respectable, which isn't true. The real concern here and in the UK is increasing government control.
"The pillar of Afro-American society who took Bakke's rightful place just because he was black? He went on to kill several of his patients, lost his medical license, and is now a long-term 'guest' of the State of California Department of Corrections."
Any link to support this? I'd love to save it in my archives.
very interesting... considered that many people self identify themselves, I wonder how accurate studies are unless they actually use a dna-type test to determine the percentages of genes. It's pretty fascinating if one is a geneticist I suppose.
Isn't this article from England, where they have national health insurance for everyone. If so, imagine all the regulations they must have on doctors, including income.
If so, forget the entire content of the article.
*** Bakke was murdered. He's not even alive.
Yes I think this is bad too --- the blue-collar work mentality where you clock in and out for 8 hour shifts when being a physician takes a different mentality. A patient in crisis at 3 am needs a doctor who can respond. Also patients are in the hospital for 36 hours straight -- it's good to have that overall perspective of how things run in the hospital at various times --- not their whole career but at the beginning is a good time to learn that.
I think the valid concern the author has is that question he makes that why the field has changed so much that the types it used to attract no longer want this profession. A lot of good doctors say if they had it to do over, they would choose something different because even here in the USA, a doctor cannot order a simple cholesterol test without checking managed care plans and Medicare guidelines to see if they're allowed or else tell the patient that they will be paying for the test. And if a Hillary type plan goes into effect, the patient couldn't have the test even if willing to pay the full cost of it.
But for myself I don't pick doctors by their skin color or ethnic background but I have access to more information --- it's interesting to know who the doctors themselves go to when they or their family members are patients. Not always the white male.
I worry about the health care system today.
I hate to say it --- when it comes to doctors, I'm likely to discriminate on the basis of age --- the new ones coming in don't seem to have what the old ones have. And checking with the HMO on their next course of action isn't the same as the way the old-timers do things -- they're more likely to consult each other.
No, actually, that patient needs a doctor who wants to respond.
That can be taught. It's not inborn.
What do you think of critical care nurses having five 12 hour shifts in a row?
Do you mean 5 12s interrupted by 5 twelve-hour rest periods, or 5 straight 12s (60 hours without a break)?
I think you can work twelves forever with twelve hours off.
That's what I think it is --- many of the foreign doctors come from countries that have socialized medicine and are pretty comfortable with the idea of it.
American doctors don't want the restrictions being placed on them --- restrictions that basically turn them into technicians looking up a set of managed care plans they must use.
But it's like what you said earlier --- that kind of schedule the residents used to face weeded out the less committed kinds.
Some good things that could come out of all this is that people should begin to realize their own health care isn't something they should turn over to a government beaurocrat or the clerks at their HMO or even to a physician. There isn't a magic pill that will take care of the effects of lifelong lack of exercise and wrong kind of eating. Most health problems and diseases can be avoided but it's something people have to do for themselves.
A group of feminist editors and reviewers excoriated the work and demanded that he rewrite the work to include famous women scientists.
At first, he simply informed them that there were no famous women scientists but they would have none of that and harangued him incessantly.
Finally, he gave in, went back to his research and came out with a second book chock-full of famous women scientists that no one had ever heard of.
Isaac, sorry; it was my father's name also, my fingers are bad.
Well, yes, but I didn't want to mention the garlic smell. ;>)
Some links to back up my comments:
*Please note I am including liberal sources here, too. I invite you to make your own conclusions...same as I have.
Couldn't agree more. Not only are males not going to medical school any more, but they're not going to college in general like they used to.
That's not necessarily a bad thing. I've been out of college for 10 years, and from my experience the guys that never set foot on a college campus make just as much if not more $$$ than any college grads I know.
The craftsmen, tradesmen, small business owners, mechanics, salesmen, HVAC guys, etc etc, make just as much money and have a TON more job security than any college grad stuck in the corporate America grind.
Case in point....
I know of a guy that makes approx. $75,000 per year. We both live in semi-rural Southwest Virginia, so $75K a year is pretty good money. Well, he's the guy that sat next to me when we took the SAT tests in high school. We weren't great friends or anything, but we knew each other. I noticed at the time that his hands were dried up and peeling, he said that's because of the chemicals in the plant where he works. I snickered to myself "haha, you're a redneck loser, you'll work in a factory your whole life, and I'm going to college....hahaha."
Well, he's still working at that same place, 14 years and going strong. Now's he's the plant manager or something like that. I went to college, then the Army, got out and job hopped after layoffs, downsizing, etc.
Who's the smart one now? Why the heck did I bother with a $30,000 college education?
I don't think it's worth it any more. People can be just as successful, usualy a LOT more successful, by skipping college and getting out there and working, starting a business, learning a trade, etc.
Just my opinion, of course. :)
Or (according P.D.Q Bach's "The Seasonings"):
To curry favor,
Thanks for the links