Originally Posted by pek64
Ok. More devil's advocate.
If there are so many good doctors, why do you have to make sacrifices to get to be seen by a good doc?
If there are so many good doctors, why do you have to talk to everyone you know to get recommendations?
If there are so many good and well informed doctors, why are there places like MDC where folks can get help with breastfeeding issues, sleeping issues, vomiting issues, etc?
I dont have to make sacrifices to see a "good" doc, just to see the doc that I am most compatible with. That doesnt mean that there are no "good" doctors around me, just that they dont do things the way that I personally prefer.
I talk to everyone I know about recommendations for plumbers, contractors, hairstylists, and babysitters too. I like to know that Im making the best decision I can make.
And as far as "why are there places like MDC".....umm...because a lot of MDC is about parenting issues, not medical issues. And come on, what momma wouldnt rather hear advice from 30 moms who have had a similar experience than from a doctor that may or may not have ever breastfed or had kids. Theres a forum for almost everything in the world now days, that doesnt mean that professionals are bad or wrong. It means that people like to talk to their peer group about issues that they are having. And let's face it, people on MDC are not always right. No one should be adhering medical advice from this website alone.
Originally Posted by pickle18
There are good doctors - you may have to look for them. Just like there are good midwives, and you may have to hunt for them, too - or drive far away (common on here). The point of that, to me, was to assert that those who are unhappy with a care provider COULD possibly be very happy with another MD. There is no need to write off an entire profession, when the differences between care providers are often individual, ykwim?
Exactly. Also, I want to point out that "good" is relative. What's "good" for me is a doctor that understands that I do a lot of my own research, and I dont want to be talked down to or spoken to like Im an idiot. I can handle the details, and in fact, I want them. All of them. I dont make decisions about health lightly, and I expect them to work with me by keeping that in mind. I delyaed vaxes, will never circ, use limited medications and dont run to the doctor everytime something is wrong.
For someone else a "good" doctor might be who can explain all the medical information to them in a way that they can understand, someone who performs the best circs, someone whose office they dont have to wait very long in to be seen, someone who takes their every concern seriously and will make sure that their child is getting treated when they are sick. (as opposed to my doctor, who will usually say, "Ah, its no big deal, lets give it a few days and see". )