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U of Washington, hmmmm…. there is a reason we are being injured by our doctors, CDC made human population testing exempt from lab requirements, if you are of middle-class and down it will not matter where you came from, you are the “experiment” this is why hospitals rushed to get electronically set up, it is why you won’t find one singleattorney to protect your patients rights. The amount of life changinging mistakes by doctors is way larger than you all know, I saw files upon files,of those mistakes one or two ever get compensation for the horrible mistakes being made onto patients. If you think it’s going to get better, think again,it’s way worse. Don’t you find it odd that you can get a loan for any plastic surgery procedure you want,but a necessary surgery just can’t seem to be done? Fight back before more of us are dead from utter egotistical bullying because we are liked or of the wrong class. They are doctors for christ sakes, you are suppose to value life not ruin it on intent!
How about second opinion review by a diverse peer group. The internet can provide a medium where records and diagnosis are reviewed. Can even be racially and economically blind.
Before transitioning I received far better health Care while also having a wide range of doctors who are able and willing to treat me. Now I’m limited to a small number of medical providers in major liberal cities. Finding a doctor or therapist used to mean looking up docs on my insurance website and booking an appointment. Now I have to rely more on word of mouth and s vetting process.
A few years ago I was sent to the emergency room to get an abces drained. They refused to do so. I ended up in the ER 4x before I was admitted because by then it went systemic and the fever was making me hallucinate. While I was in the hospital I was repeatedly misgendered. Since it was a rural hospital Doctors not involved with my care would filter through my room and ask invasive questions about my genitals past, present and possible future configurations. On more than one occasion I’ve also noticed that staff not involved with my care reading over the shoulders of people looking at my medical records.
Doctors who manage hormones for cis patients all of a sudden become not qualified to manage mine.
Therapists only want to focus on my transness even though my main complaint had nothing to do with it. I went through 6 therapists in 1 year until I realized that only therapists who are queer can provide adequate service which means that I can’t live in more rural areas if I want to seek relief.
Insurance companies regularly deny services that they provide to cis patients. They also require that you prove that you aren’t crazy by two separate therapists or phycologists with advanced degrees before they will pay up.
I respectfully disagree. Regardless of one’s educational pedigree, this is an opinion. Since my medical education in the 80s, based upon a Surgical education, no “shotgun” testing was permitted. That was ONLY due to the first Chairwoman of Surgery, Olga Jonasson, MD. Many others didn’t have my training in Surgery, or medicine. The author’s opinion describes a possible race, sex or socio economic biased demographic.
Thus, the article has no reflection on anything I have come across since my MD in 1988.
There is indeed a difference in the way Doctors treat black versus white patients, but it has more to do with the willingness of black patients to comply with a Doctors directions than racism. Blacks make horrible patients and thus Doctors are often compelled to settle for a less than satisfactory course of treatment.
This is some racist BS right here. ^^
It seems to me one answer to the problem is the one you suggest, single payer universal access to baseline medical care at an affordable price.
But that system has known faults that lead to rationing also; expensive experimental treatments are frequently unavailable to patients, leading to stagnation of the health sciences. A blended system that allows a patient to purchase additional coverage over and above baseline care might address that problem, while providing basic, affordable medical care for everyone?
It is well-known that doctors, like pretty much everyone else, harbor so-called implicit biases that are readily revealed on the implicit-association test (available online).
This does not mean that physicians express overt sexism, racism, or others forms of bigotry — but rather that these unconscious beliefs about others can influence the kinds of treatments that they offer.
This is a great thought. We should create a new system which eliminates individual doctor’s decision making ability because they are unknowingly racist.
Pilots (especially military pilots) and nuclear power plant operators also have biases, but their training supersedes them with better attitudes. Their safety record speaks volumes about the effectiveness of their training systems. These training systems are built on task analysis, are curriculum-driven to address all threatening scenarios, require demonstrated proficiency on a recurring basis, and are conducted by certified instructors on certified training devices.
Doctors get trained today the same risk-filled, error-prone way they were in the 1800s: personality-driven; conducted by anybody with an MD after their name; limited to whatever kinds of patients walk through the door during residency.
The malpractice insurance industry does not manage the risk from antiquated, random training of doctors; that risk is borne by the hapless patients.
The medical,profession unfortunately has become not only unethical but very commercial . Being a doctor I feel very sad