If you think about it they are a stranger. I sometimes have to scrape doctors off the floor when I start telling them about my issues and allergies - they all love the fact that I am allergic to benadryl. I have had them start laughing too - with me, not at me.
But it is all about trust. How much do you really trust a stranger?
I think we believe doctors are ethical and honest human beings, with the best interests of the patient in mind. Personally I believe people are honest and ethical for the most part and don't start to lose trust unless I feel betrayed.
I don't mind if my doctors talk about me together in order to figure out how to best treat me. But I would be really upset if my doctors were trying to scam me. You hear the horror stories. I have blogged about a few of them as well. Here's a story with some more but also some good advice:
- Research your doctor.
- Make sure your doctor isn't practicing outside his/her field.
- Be cautious of doctors who advertise too much.
- Ask a nurse or other hospital support staff.
- Get a second opinion.