The Economist's Apprentice

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Doctor 'Education'

MSN Video has a Matt Lauer interview with Terry Bennett who evidently is being investigated for being rude to a patient. He told a morbidly obese woman that she was likely to outlive her husband and would be in a poor position to attract another mate.

A few observations:
1) Doctors who are rude are going to lose patients. There is no reason to believe that a free market will supply insufficient bedside manner.
2) This shows an obvious danger of many types of nationalized healthcare. If you were a 5'7", 250 lb woman, it would be cruel, if the government was selecting this doctor for you and you disliked hearing the obvious.
3) Many doctors have this crazy notion that they should educate obese people that obesity is bad for them. This isn't education. Dr. Bennett thinks he is earning his $75 fee by telling fat women that men aren't attracted to fat women? Why doesn't he just provide some type of electroshock therapy?

The Society of Actuaries often has doctors address professional sessions in which they educate actuaries about the costs created by poor lifestyle. These doctors are typically fantastic speakers who want to help other people, and they are invariably shocked that their fellow doctors don't spend enough time advocating weight loss. There is no need for highly trained medical professionals to provide this type of information, people can get it for free at MSNBC. In fact, the last time my daddy got a checkup, the doctor gave him an article printed from MSNBC.


At 3:31 PM, Blogger C R Mountjoy - GDF said...

If only more Drs would call their patients tubs of human goo, our health care system could avoid the money it takes to support the rotund of this nation!

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous ah said...

Sounds like this doctor was exceedingly and sadistically cruel. The message was something like "Your husband will die soon, and you're so fat you'll never get another man unless he's Black."

He also is accused of telling a brain tumor patient she might as well blow her brains out right away.

He's bilge-water, apart from the economic issues.

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