Sunday Telegraph – Bribing patients is bad medicine



3 Responses to “Sunday Telegraph – Bribing patients is bad medicine”

  1. Jane October 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    At my last visit to the GP, I was asked the following:-

    “Do you smoke?”
    “How many units of alcohol do you consume each week?”
    “I need to check your weight – please hop on the scales”
    “Can I just take your blood pressure?”
    “Have you brought a urine sample with you?”
    “Your smear test is overdue – I can do it now – shall I call the nurse?”
    “Have you considered a Mirena coil?”

    Can I expect these questions everytime I visit the GP?

  2. Elizabeth (Aust) October 20, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    I think the use of the word, “overdue” is used in women’s cancer screening to deny our right to choose, to foster the thinking that all women are either due or overdue. We can’t reasonably decline testing.
    You can never be due or overdue for an elective screening test. My husband may be asked whether he has or wants prostate screening, never told he’s overdue or face hysterics because he’s never tested.
    Thankfully, my doctor never asks me about screening, my file has been clearly marked, she also, knows it’s an informed decision….I think you’re less likely to be hassled if you know the evidence, scare tactics etc. it simply doesn’t work.

  3. AP October 24, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Bribing doctors is somehow OK though…