I used to get lots of gifts from patients during the holidays. Not so much anymore.
I’m more patient-centered than ever. And the older I get the more relaxed I get with my patients. I’d like to think
that I’m more likeable. But still fewer gifts than ten or fifteen years ago.
So what gives?
Times have changed.
Doctors nowadays are dispensable. If a patient doesn’t like what they’ve got they can move on. But this is probably a good thing. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at 33 Charts*
Are gifts for doctors appropriate in the physician-patient relationship? Or should doctors refuse all offerings of gratitude that come their way?
Patients often give gifts to doctors as an appreciative sign of great thanks for for the care they provide. Some years I may go unappreciated for my efforts. Some years I get thanked for a job well done for spending time with the patient and their family. Some years I have patients that hate me. Some years I even I have patients that hate me and love me. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist Blog*