Is it ethical to ask doctors why they charge such a large fee for their services without guarantees of real help?

Is it ethical to ask doctors why they charge such a large fee for their services without guarantees of real help?

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Answer 1
July, 2021

> Just wondering where did you see their price list?

How where? At the reception, on the website. In the end, already at the checkout when paying. Some will even help arrange a loan on the spot. Here's the thing. You buy, say, a TV, but you are offered to buy another six months warranty for an additional fee. I do not know about you, but I refuse in such cases. However, imagine the situation: the doctor looks at the results of your tests for a long time, and then says that it will take a long time and seriously to be treated, because the consequences can be very sad. Therefore, you need to go through such and such procedures, but they are paid. Why paid? I don’t know this, I’m just a doctor. So will we pay, or will we get by with useless cheap pills? And if we are talking about a child? Do you have a choice in this situation? This is not an additional guarantee for your TV.

Answer 2
July, 2021

No, not ethical.

When you come to a paid appointment with a doctor, you pay for his qualifications (equal chances of a successful treatment outcome and a correct diagnosis). The more qualified the doctor, the more chances of success.

Unfortunately, no doctor on the planet can guarantee a patient a 100% chance of successful treatment. The human body remains and will remain a very unstable system. And the doctor is not at all to blame for this. Moreover, a lot of "medical errors" that are so widely covered in the media, in fact, are not.

Let me give you an example. The doctor prescribes a vitamin B12 dropper for a patient with bronchitis. In the evening of the same day, the nurse fulfills the appointment, puts on a drip. After a few seconds, the patient loses consciousness, turns pale, drops the pressure, and within a minute gives a cardiac arrest. Upon admission to the department, the patient denied any allergies. He had an immediate type of allergic reaction: a fulminant form of anaphylactic shock. There was almost no chance to help. Who is to blame for this situation? In fact, a doctor, but in reality, it is a simple accident that no one could have foreseen.

Answer 3
July, 2021

It is ethical if you depersonalize the question and it does not sound like an attack on a specific doctor. Try to reformulate it in an impersonal form.

In addition, in the question you wrote, there are actually two questions, which in an impersonal form will sound something like this:

  1. Why is it not customary in medicine to give a guarantee of real help?

  2. What is the cost of these services?

Answer 4
July, 2021

and who in the world can really guarantee you something? banks?) designers? police? employer? yes at least someone in this world can promise something ironically? it is not always possible to grow potatoes, but here - to treat a person

doctors are perhaps one of the most honest. any educated person knows that anything can happen in medicine, and even from simple anesthesia there is a chance not to wake up. it is small but exists. Those who are not satisfied may not be operated on.

sounds cruel of course, but ... whoever can think of better.

Answer 5
July, 2021

Just wondering, where did you see their price list for prices? The topic of remuneration was buried by the Soviet authorities, so doctors, in the old-fashioned way, keep silent, but they do not refuse the remuneration. Well, the most entrepreneurial people did not receive training on how to properly take money for their services. Therefore, they do not know how to sort rednecks from normal ones.

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