Is There Such Thing Like Good Doctors And Bad Doctors Today?

Singapore
September 2, 2009 9:40am CST
Weren't medical practitioners suppose to be qualified before they are allowed to practice? Yet, today we are still hearing news of how malpractices are still rampant and sadly it has claimed another life. A 5 year old boy has passed away due to an unattended Chickenpox case and all thanks to another incompetent and negligent doctor! Just when is this going to stop? Are the relevant authorities sleeping? Are the medical schools passing out unqualified medical students? Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1210300/Chickenpox-killed-son-How-little-boy-died-just-weeks-spots-appeared.html
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@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
2 Sep 09
Yes there most definitely are good and bad doctors today because I've had both positive and negative experiences with them. Personally, I actually don't find most doctors today to be very good, which is why I prefer Eastern medicine and go to a Naturalpath. Several years ago I had a series of symptoms, tried a number of doctors, all of them were unable to help me and told me that my symptoms were as a result of getting older. I finally made the connection and found an excellent Naturopathic Doctor who's been able to treat me successfully. In Canada where I live we're going through a healthcare crisis at the moment, and many thing are no longer covered under the current healthcare system. Also, quite often I have to wait about 2 hrs in my Doctor's office, that's how busy it is.
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
ilyzium, Did you say 2 hours waiting time? How in the world has your country's medical practice come to such a stage? This is simply both unbelievably atrocious and unthinkable. What about the AE at your local hospital? And there is nothing the public can do with such a malpractice? And this you say is in Canada? My, this is really shocking to know? Can't you report to the authorities?
@ilyzium (1206)
• Canada
3 Sep 09
I know it's absolutely ridiculous isn't it. I just want to clarify that it's not like that in all of Canada, just in the province of BC where I live. We've been going through this health care crisis for quite some time, I feel because we have a corrupt govt that's made so many cutbacks in the health care industry, as well as education as well. Doctors & Nurses are incredibly overworked, underpaid which is why many chose to go to work in the US. There is also a Nursing shortage as well. Because there is a shortage of Doctors out there, Doctor's complain of being overworked, walk in clinics are overbooked, many Doctors are no longer accepting new patients, and I read somewhere that 1/4 people do not have a regular family Doctor. Yes, it is a disgrace brought on by our govt that would rather spend the extra money in our upcoming Olympics. How I detest politicians....
• Philippines
2 Sep 09
Am not sure what to say on this, but yeah there is such..most specially if the doctors aren't careful with their diagnosis on their patients. it causes to loose confidence on the patient and might not come back..worse, they might even bad mouth the doctor because of his or her mistake
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
LetranKnight25, I feel that such incidents should not be happening and I am wondering if there are better ways to prevent these atrocities from happening again. Because, when there is a misdiagnosis the practitioners' confidence is secondary whereas the patient's life is at stake. If the medical school had failed, then what about the national medical board? Aren't they suppose to scrutinize and look out for incompetent and malpractice doctors? So, shouldn't we report these negligent and incompetent doctor(s)? In view of what have been happening nowadays, I feel I should!
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
2 Sep 09
doctors, are suppose to be the one that helps and cure patients that in pain.. however to my horror, I do find lots of doctor that lack of medical knowledge and also bugging for money only. I only keep my tab on a few doctors, and not many of them I entrusted.. If any doctor were to come and tell me or my family members to enter the operating theater, and go under the knife, I sure get back to these bunch of doctors which I have faith in.. no matter who.. I will go and ask my 'trusted' doctor.. I have bad experience with doctors who are money minded.. and this happen in my own life.. which my auntie who is doing well, has to undergo a very very difficult chemo when it's no longer necessary.. this will just increase her suffer of pain than making her well! therefore, I would not want to trust any doctor that just come along the line.. and look at the report.. chickenpox has been so common, and yet the doctor can do mistake just like this.. sign sigh..
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• Singapore
3 Sep 09
cwong77, So, are they doctors lack of knowledge the responsibility of the medical schools of today? Are we to have dice tossing experience for competent doctors when we are forced to stay in a hospital? Then, just what are the medical schools and medical boards for and doing today? I cannot help with this babble here, as in this case and all that we have come across. I mean look at this case, a chickenpox case and the doctor here is incompetent?!
@Archie0 (4669)
2 Sep 09
Yes there is definetly this thing today, i remember my sister had an operation for her ears to be done and this male doctor was there who operated her but left stiches unstitched and then we all were in big trouble as the 4 th day her artery vein bursted out and she was operated once again for it.I just dont believe these doctors they can do anything you need a proper family doctor and pathalogy.
@tintukm (1084)
• India
3 Sep 09
I never blame doctors,may at times due to a lot of stress and devotion to their work they get things wrong and make difficulties to their patients.A doctor always keeps his/her full available concentration and interest on the work they do. Many may be not properly practicing their job as they have to,but such doctors surely have to removed from their posts.Only well experienced doctors must handle the major and minor operations and surgery cases.For a becoming a good doctor too ,they can do they open their own centers which would handle cases that aren't related to operations or thing like that.It surely take a lot hard ships to become doctor.Bad won't be the term for everyone and good will be the word for all who are sincere.
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• Singapore
5 Sep 09
tintukm, I cannot agree more here with you. Yet, I must really ask the question again if medical schools everywhere is doing enough to churn out well qualified and competent doctors today. And if the country's medical board keeping things in check for their citizens. In the medical scene, a doctor's diagnosis is just so vital and any deviation could just prove fatal for the sick patient. I just wonder at the end of the day here.
@tintukm (1084)
• India
5 Sep 09
Well people do get their certificates as Doctors,without the right track since there are many fakes around.The right they get from their doctor's degrees aren't at times meant for them since some wouldn't have got that one should actually get for being a doctor.The officials are also behind the scenes when there are fake doctors coming and going.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
3 Sep 09
I'm sure there are good and bad Dr. What I find strange is that the mother listened to the receptionist, A person that makes appoointments and answers the phone. Why did she think the receptionist would know about any medical conditions. Why wait for the ambulance and paramedics when they could see that the boy was in distress. I don't think all the blame is on the Drs. We as the clients of medicine must also be aggressive when it is warranted.
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@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
3 Sep 09
I guess maybe there is such things like that nowadays, to make it simples to see the different is, bad Doctor is money oriented, good doctor is helping oriented, also giving wrong medicines is probably exist, but what the doctor do to human must not wrong, since it is human, so they must have responsibilities to their patients Sad to hear that malpractice is still happen
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• Singapore
5 Sep 09
maxilimian, Actually, good doctors and specialists are not cheap today. So, it would be wrong to say that good doctors are not money oriented. I just feel that ALL doctors today, must be competent to their task and they should dispense in full due diligence. I just cannot help giving these negligent ones the full brunt of my rants. I feel that the government bodies today should be more actively involved in weeding out negligent and irresponsible medical facilities and practitioners. And, medical schools be ever more stringent with their charges, so that we will not have ill qualified doctors treating our love ones and eventually US!
@finidinwa (497)
• United States
3 Sep 09
well in a world where everything including life is taking for granted it cant stop but while some country are strict about their medical school reqirement some are not so how can their be a balance until their is a universial system which trains medical student and unbiased because some country are also biased in the selection basis this problem can not stop.
• Singapore
5 Sep 09
finidinwa, I feel that the government will have a big part to play here. Medical schools will have an international standards to meet whilst their graduates must be well and fully qualified before they are allowed to practice privately or independently. Authorities will have to set up a strict medical board to keep things in perspective. The public to be educated and encouraged to work with the medical board by reporting any malpractices, negligence, misconduct and/or discrepancies of both the medical facilities and practitioners. All these unnecessary deaths and tragedies have to stop and everyone has to take a step forward here.
• China
3 Sep 09
Well,I do believe that there are good doctors and bad doctors today,although I did you witness the similar things in life,I do get shocked when I saw from TV or newspaper something bad due to the doctor's fault of anything else.And to me,If I feel I really need to go the the hospital,I won't choose those private samll ones,I prefer making and reservation with the hospital,with the doctor who I know before I go there,even though the fees may be more expensive,I don't care much about this really.
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• Singapore
5 Sep 09
jackie_chen, Frankly speaking, I just hate to see the day where we will have to play dices to get good doctors for our treatments. It is just not right and should never happen at all. Medical Sciences have come a long way to what it is today and such tragedies and horrendous negligence should not happen at all. I hope that you or your love ones will not ever have this sort of experience in time to come. It just has to stop!
@vivianchen (2648)
• China
3 Sep 09
It's sad to heard those nagative news. To be honest, i think most of us still have to go to hospital these days if you are really sick, and believe it or not, you still have to listen to what doctor says and eat all the medicnes that doctor gave you. To only way to keep you away from the doctors and hospital is keep heath! Do more excersizes and protect yourself from the bacterias.
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• Singapore
3 Sep 09
vivianchen, I do not think we cannot go all the way in our lives without ever falling ill. And, when that happens to us, what are we going to do? Clatter our teeth, bite our nails and wobbly knees? I feel that doctors today must be closely scrutinized and that we should never hesitate to report errant ones to the relevant authorities i.e. the national medical board. Also, the medical schools should be ever more stringent with their students' qualifications and not just merely passing them for some statistical campaign. I think balance is the order of the day here.
@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
2 Sep 09
Yes. there is such thing as good and bad doctors today. There are many incidents also that patients does not specify the actual pain and complaint thus leading the doctors somewhere else on the diagnosis. In cases like these, it would always be better to undergo laboratory exams that would help assist doctors on their assessment. I do agree that some doctors really are capitalists. They would charge exorbitant consultation fees because they have a bond with the hospital and that they need to break even. And since we are talking about health here, i would prefer that doctors give their cell phone numbers away to their patients so just in case their patients have an attack of something, their doctors would just be a call away. Privacy may be disturbed, but hey... these are doctors... shouldnt they care how their patients are doing?
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• Singapore
3 Sep 09
Graceekwenx, I am wondering if your suggestion here might actually have detrimental effect on Good doctors. I feel that every graduate from the medical school should be a well qualified doctor whom we can place our trust in and they should be competent enough with their basic duty as a doctor and become better doctors in the process as time progress. There is nothing wrong to pay more and seek out good doctors but, it would be an unhealthy scene if errant doctors are evident and free to practice "termination". Also, overworked and stressed good doctors may not be ideal for the medical health community too. I feel that balance should not be overlooked here.
@Trensue (5253)
• United States
2 Sep 09
There are doctors that I like and others that I don't. I am guessing for me it has more to do with bedside manner than the true ability of the doctor. I do see a medical practitioner who I find very comforting and competent. I suppose like all people there are good and bad.
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• Singapore
3 Sep 09
Trensue, My point here is that it is my hope that we do not have to loose confidence with the medical practitioners someday. Looking at all the past happenings or rather deaths caused by these errant practitioners misdiagnosis, I just cannot help feeling very insecure when we have to visit the hospital. Because, we just cannot have our own family doctor(s) in the hospital. Are competent doctors a dicey affair?