With technology comes efficiency. We can punch everything into a computer and access it in a blink of an eye. This is both a blessing and a curse. What has gotten lost in the process is humanity.
I miss my last family doctor. He always sat down with me, face to face. He took the time to not just ask about how I was feeling but would engage in conversation about life. He knew me and not just because I’d been his patient for years but because he really listened.
What I see these days with many (not all) doctors is a, “one foot in the door and one foot out” approach. Doctors with their backs turned to you the entire visit while they type everything into a computer. Doctors treating patients as numbers not individuals. If I get sick, I opt to go to the clinic. At least they punch everything into the computer while sitting facing me.
I asked my new doctor once about getting a Vitamin B shot. I was not impressed with his response in the slightest. He downed the “old-fashioned” doctors. “They did things differently than we do now days. We do not just give shots upon request. I need to see a deficiency in your blood work.” It was much more condescending in person.
“They did things differently than we do now days.” Ya got that right! They listened to their patients. They understood that their patients knew their bodies better than anyone. They also understood that the “normal value range” scale is not a “one size fits all” pair of pants. They sat face to face and had conversations with their patients. Face to face!
Yes, I miss my old family doctor. He wrote everything down. There was no computer involved while meeting with his patients. Was this considered archaic by today’s standards? I’m sure. But it was more personal. Like so many things today, the medical profession has lost its humanity.
It’s easy to say, find a new doctor. It took me over a month to find one accepting new patients. I respect the principle of patient limits. These physicians are hopefully providing their patients with quality care. If they spread themselves too thin by taking on too many patients, the quality of care would suffer.
The bigger problem is; it seems that we are suffering a doctor shortage these days. I am not surprised. The population continues to grow and a high percentage of the population is growing older. Older individuals require more medical attention. This means higher demand with a faltering supply of physicians.
I hate to say it but I think this is just how things will be from here on out. The “old school” doctors are a thing of the past. Everything changes and we just have to adjust. The saying is true, “you don’t know what ya got, until it’s gone.”