Doctors are evil
"Doctors are evil". "Doctors are like whores". "Doctors make too much money". "Doctors profit from the suffering of others"
In Singapore that's probably what the majority of Singaporeans think to themselves everytime they think of doctors. It's just the way it is. Or at least how I've come to feel in my 2 years working in the HDB heartland in the south.
And they do have a point. Because these people are not rich. You see beggards sitting along the walkways asking for money. You see people passing urine in public.
And a good number of patients will always bargain for that discount and expect to get it.
Everytime I tell a diabetes or hypertensive patient that they need to increase their meds or that they have to do a HBA1c or Lipid profile and they say they have no money....well I lose my moral ground. And they start to ask for free this and free that cos we doctors make so much money. To them making $3k to $4k a month is a lot of money already! It is way beyond their wildest dreams!
So how do I practise medicine like that? I can't.
I think where I am going....in the central region...it's going to be very much the same.
It might be time to look at things again and see if it is worthwhile staying in this STUPID profession. I'm quite sick of feeling this way.
A patient told me this. You guys are just like those City Harvest Church pastors. Con people. Pretend say want to help etc, but really you guys are all just interested in making money.
So making money is not bad if you are say a businessman or banker. But as a doctor, or a pastor, you should not be making money.