Thursday, June 13, 2019

Overheard

A conversation overheard on a tram between two about 13 year old private schoolboys in Melbourne's salubrious and tree lined eastern suburbs.

"Your dad is a doctor. Have you ever seen a bad doctor?"

"I think my dad is a really good doctor. No, I haven't seen a bad doctor. I see a friend of my dad's."

"I saw a bad one once. He was totally lacking in interpersonal and communication skills."

I don't think I could stop my eyes from rolling.

Here is a photo of a couple of private school boys on a tram.

29 comments:

  1. You faked me out. I wasn't expecting to see H and M in the pic. Heh.

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    1. Sandra, you've just made me realise that H & M is the same as the department store.

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  2. Sigh.
    Over the years I have seen a LOT of bad doctors using that privileged young man's definition.

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    1. EC, it is quite true that some are lacking, which I think might be Bone Doctor. While I think she is an excellent doctor and very knowledgeable, I think she may lack empathy in her surgery. Nevertheless, she is a very popular doctor.

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  3. I went to a state school. If I had had children, they two would have gone to a state/public school. I can't stand those who wave their "private school" banners!!

    This morning I went to the dentist...and he is a good dentist...a wonderful young man with a tremendous sense of humour and manner towards his patients/clients.

    There is good and bad in everything ... everywhere.

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    1. Lee, times have changed and while I don't think primary school matters too much, you have to look quite hard to find a really good secondary school. The problem being the more children that receive a private education, the more those who don't are disadvantaged and the standard in the state secondary could well be lowered by the loss of those who attend private.

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    2. Lee, meant to add that some young doctors and in your case dentists are really first class.

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    3. Sorry for my typo...I meant - "too", not "two"! :)

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  4. I saw a bad doctor once. Probably he was a better doctor when younger, but he was too old and fumbled his examination of me, dropping several instruments etc. He'd retired the next time I needed a doctor, thank goodness.

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    1. River, it sounds like he was well past it. Some doctors to work on well into their older years and are ok.

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  5. I had a mixed bag of a doctor, loved to brag on and on about his kids and show me videos of their performances, meanwhile neglecting to diagnose my PVD (pain? nothing to worry about!) but then he found a grief therapist for me for another condition. Go figure.

    Glad I don't have him anymore.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, how curious that he would think you would be slightly interested in his family. I had to look up PVD. Sound serious and painful. I suppose there is some good in all doctors.

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  6. I am guessing that visits are time-limited because of funding arrangements - the more patients seen in a day, the better Medicare pays. However I have been still in the middle of a question when the doctor has walked to the door to get his next patient's file from the office staff.

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    1. Hels, basic consultation, 15 minutes. I am never in the doctor's surgery for that length of time. I expect that rude treatment was a while ago as it would all be electronic now.

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  7. I hope you're not suggesting that State educated children are not as discerning!

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    1. Cro, discerning in a different way perhaps. "That doctor was an effing c...'.

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  8. Haven't come across a bad one as yet, some do have more patient to patient skills but that's not everything, it's their knowledge that's required.
    Meghan's being introduced to the private school girls!

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    1. Indeed Margaret. See my comment above to EC. Probably are private school girls, but I don't know the uniform. I think I might see a potential gay there too, with perfectly styled hair and well shaped eyebrows.

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  9. Apart from the doctor I had three hundred years ago who delivered both my children but stopped seeing because we moved further away, I can't really say I've had faith in any doctor since. I have been lucky though not really needing one.. touch wood 😉

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    1. Grace, the longer you can avoid doctors the better. Once on the merry go round, it never stops.

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  10. I'm old enough to remember the term "bad bedside manner".

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    1. Kirk, indeed, simple and apt words.

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  11. My goodness, some kids are precocious these days! Or maybe he was repeating what his mother or father said.

    I've run into quite a few doctors who shouldn't have been in a caring profession. Nurses, too. Fortunately I have a very good GP now, and have had good experiences with several specialists. There was some talk in my province a few years ago that a course in empathy would be added to the curriculum for doctors in training. I wonder what became of that. And can you even teach empathy??

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    1. Jenny, probably repeating. I have heard my 12 year old niece do that. Interesting about empathy. I believe that people can be taught to fake empathy but it doesn't come from within. Sis in Law, Bone Doctor is a classic case.

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  12. Strange talk for teenagers lol, they are far too precocious now!
    Luckily I have 2 doctors that I see at the clinic where I work (luckily I only need to consult them maybe once a year) but I trust them completely and from the patients wanting to book with them, I know they are the 2 most requested Drs too, from the 5 we have.

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    1. Sami, I have heard so many similar utterances by private school children. I think they copy what they hear from their parents, but to hear children, kids, talk like that is scary to me.

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  13. Our area attracts bad doctors. Come on down! Or up. We can mess you up here for sure!

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    1. Strayer, I know full well your issues with the medical profession and we won't even go into the US health care system.

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    2. Best not, Andrew. Keep it Aussie all the way. Too many issues here to even begin.

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