Phil's Rambling Rants
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|Date:||June 30th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)|| |
That's pretty standard doctorishness -- they'll chat pre-exam because it's part of the "bedside manner", making the patient feel comfortable and safe. In other words, it's not real friendliness, it's part of the job. After the exam's done, they don't have any reason to talk to you, and they generally won't.
There are exceptions, of course, but that is the way it usually works. Some doctors are good at making it less obvious.
No other doctor that I can remember has seemed as genuinely friendly as Dr. Graham. He seems like someone I'd enjoy chatting with at a party. Unfortunately, I see him because I need a good doctor, not a good friend, and he clearly doesn't take seriously the idea that we should actually make sure there's nothing wrong with me rather than just assuming that everything is fine if I don't have any obvious signs of trouble. I want to believe that that's the hospital/health plan's policy talking, not his own priorities; if it is, all I'd get from switching doctors would be a less pleasant experience while I got the same quick once-over.