The doctor-patient relationship is based on the principle that the patient needs help, and that when called upon, the doctor will leave no stone unturned to make sure that the patient gets all the help that medical science can provide, almost regardless of expense. The patient expects this, and the doctor, if he is any good, has only to be approached, by a complete stranger, before he unleashes this flood of aid (generally paid for by the state or by insurance companies) for the benefit of ‘his’ patient. It is extraordinary how any patient becomes ‘my patient,’ to be helped to the hilt, as soon as he steps into the consulting room. And in the best hands, this is true even when doctor and patient do not actually like each other.
—Common-sense is refreshing. David Mendel has plenty of it in his book, Proper Doctoring. Send it to your congressperson.