Everything became impersonalized here, because doctors just don’t take the time, translated…
As I’d begun my training as a medical doctor, I’d heard the older generation of doctors told, that eighty-percent of the problems can be found out by interviewing the patients. Back then, I was young, and didn’t know any better, I’d gotten too caught up in the hi-tech equipments of the major hospitals, the CT scan machines, the MRI machines, Da Vinci’s arms, along with the newest of inventions, costing up to billions of dollars, and I didn’t pay enough attention to my professor’s words at all, and I’d even believed, that he was too old school in his ways; until I’d set up my own practice, and gone to the distant regions, along with overseas, to treat people, and, all the tools I had, were my stethoscope, and that, was when I finally understood what my professor was talking about.
Recently, there was a student of mine who came to see me, he said, that every afternoon at around five or six, he’d started coughing, nonstop, I was very interested in what was happening to him, I’d recalled how when I was at home, whenever my neighbor started burning the insect propelling incense, I’d start coughing hard to, and so, I’d had to close up all the windows and doors, and turn on the air-conditioning, and, his symptoms became clear to me, and so, I’d asked him, and he’d told me, that he’d rented a place on the street where there are a ton of shop fronts.
“What does your neighbor do?”, I’d asked him.
He said, that his next door was a small food shop, at five or six, they’d started cooking, I’d laughed, after I’d heard, then, the diagnosis is too clear.
The health insurance system in Taiwan forced the doctors to see too many patients, in order to make a living, otherwise, they’d get fired by the hospitals, seeing how there are hundreds of patients, lining up, outside the doctors’ offices, and, each and every patient gets no more than thirty second of the doctors’ time, the morning sessions lasted until two, three in the afternoons, it’s totally unfair to both the doctors and the patients, and it’s a complete torture too. actually, most of the patients that are cramping up the waiting areas of the major hospitals can get properly treated at local smaller clinics, and when needed, they can then, be transferred to the major hospitals. But, human nature is hard to understand, and this bad system, had caused the bad behaviors, and everybody became a victim of the system.
And now, I’m taking after my former professor’s ways, insisted on using my heart to treat each patient, and listen to them carefully, and find the source of their ailments, used my hand, and stethoscope to check, along with the assistance of those simple diagnosis machines, I was able to found acute diabetes, herpes, worm infestations, and even a cyst in the liver too. The process was very intriguing, like how a detective would solve a case, but just in the medical realm. I’d recalled how it’d taken me short time than the coroners and the detectives to discover a sudden case of shock that can lead to death.
Some say, the doctors now had forgotten how to inquire the patients about what’s up with them, they couldn’t even do the basic physicals, everything they do, they’re solely reliant on the machines. I’d met friends who knew doctors personally, and they’d told me that the doctors only asked where they feel ill? Didn’t even bother giving them a basic check-up, and just wrote a slip for further examinations, asked him why he’d written so many requests, he’d told me, “I’m just shooting at random, and, hopefully, I will get a hit.” After I’d heard, I couldn’t help, but sigh.
So, this, is what’s happening with the doctors, they got so many patients they’re seeing that they just couldn’t give each and every one of the patients the one-on-one attention that the patients required, and that, is usually what happens in the major hospitals, because those doctors, they’d seen a TON of cases, and, even IF the patients thought it to be abnormal, what they’re experiencing, the doctors still wouldn’t give them the respect, or the time, to hear the patients tell them, what, they THINK is the matter!