#1
Hi
I'm just starting working in a hospital i NY as a resident, and I was wondering how americans tend to deal with doctors. From my experience Eastern europeans are very suspicious, ask lots of questions about the prescribed medicine, course of treatment, even technical side of procedures. On the other hand, Englishmen tend to be very uninterested, they tend to not know their medical history, and they NEVER ask questions let alone question the doctors decision. So my question is, how are Americans? Are they suspicious etc? How do they react to foreiqn doctors? Thanks in advance.
#2
Depends completely on the person. Some people will treat you like an ass and argue with everything you say. Some people will looks down on you as if you're not there to help. Some people will listen to your every word and do everything you say. There's no limit to the amount of different kinds of patients you will treat.

/thread
#3
some people will think WebMD will diagnose them b4 the doctor so they are stubborn, look in general if you act nice you can expect 2 things (most likely) since your a doctor they will return the favor, or they will walk all over you... ( trust me it happened to me) not a doctor but being nice in this country only gets you so far...
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Depends completely on the person. Some people will treat you like an ass and argue with everything you say. Some people will looks down on you as if you're not there to help. Some people will listen to your every word and do everything you say. There's no limit to the amount of different kinds of patients you will treat.

/thread

And some people will type /thread before the thread starters gotten more than one opinion.

I mean wow. Typing thats really powerful and shows that your comment must be the answer! I applaud you oh god of /thread'ing.

I appreciate your not the only one doing it.. but seriously..
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#6
Id say on average, americans are somewhere in the middle
but yea
its america, we have eastern Europeans and Brits
and everyone else for that matter
so your gonna get every single edge of the spectrum
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And some people will type /thread before the thread starters gotten more than one opinion.

I mean wow. Typing thats really powerful and shows that your comment must be the answer! I applaud you oh god of /thread'ing.

I appreciate your not the only one doing it.. but seriously..


Chill out. I put that in because it IS the only answer. There is an unlimited possibility of types of people. It's not an opinion, it just is. There's no way to gauge the type of people you will meet. That's as ridiculous as me assuming you're a chav because you're from England.
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Chill out. I put that in because it IS the only answer. There is an unlimited possibility of types of people. It's not an opinion, it just is. There's no way to gauge the type of people you will meet. That's as ridiculous as me assuming you're a chav because you're from England.


then why do eastern families tend to be more conservative than western ones?
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Quote by domino_92
Depends completely on the person. Some people will treat you like an ass and argue with everything you say. Some people will looks down on you as if you're not there to help. Some people will listen to your every word and do everything you say. There's no limit to the amount of different kinds of patients you will treat.

/thread

This pretty much sums it up.
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then why do eastern families tend to be more conservative than western ones?


Differing political ideas, but I fail to see how that relates to ones personality. I'm not trying to be the 'thread-ending God' here. I'm just telling you that if you were to go out into any big city, you would find thousands upon thousands of different kinds of people. If you think everyone in your city is them same and will treat everyone one the EXACT same way, then you are either very lucky or very stupid. People are different.
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#15
Unless you went to med school in Cambodia and you are dressed in a clown suit, I'll take you word for what you say.

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Well Americans pay a high price for quality health insurance, so they generally trust their doctors, at least in my experience. So unless the doctor is a total quack, Americans are usually trustworthy and polite.
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It's because hospitals, and the doctors in hospitals, try to leech as much money off of you as possible.
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Doctors are pretty much selfish. I don't think any of them want to save lives.
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Well Americans pay a high price for quality health insurance, so they generally trust their doctors, at least in my experience. So unless the doctor is a total quack, Americans are usually trustworthy and polite.


this, but it also depends where in new york..

in the city people will be much quicker to asking questions and will have more of a faster get in get out mentality. more faster paced. They most probly wont be very mean but they dont really care about you theyll just show u the minimal respect.

still depends on different people, but i think more of where in new york would be a big factor
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That's as ridiculous as me assuming you're a chav because you're from England.

Actually, I'm from Poland. I just made my internship and specialisation beginning in England.
Obviously, I'm aware that in each culture people are different, but some soft generalisations can be made. When I mentioned the difference between Eastern Europeans and Englishmen, it was just a generalisation-of course I've seen people and families behaving differently, but I believe it's safe to say that for example Englishmen are less medically aware than others i've seen.
I believe that pain, illness and dying are such strong, intimate and heavy situations and topics that people rarely react fully "conciously" to them-cultural differences have a strong influence. For example, I've noticed that Englishmen are USUALLY more quiet, calm when participating in their familys members last minutes of life then Poles. Since Americans are such a cultural blend, I was wondering if theres a general, most commonly seen "way" of patient-doctor contacs.
I'm not asking to know wheter it's easy or not to fool or take money from american patients, i'm asking because they can react differently to illness and pain and i think that as such they deserve utmost respect-and its easier to give it to them if you know what the society expects from a doctor.
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Chill out. I put that in because it IS the only answer. There is an unlimited possibility of types of people. It's not an opinion, it just is. There's no way to gauge the type of people you will meet. That's as ridiculous as me assuming you're a chav because you're from England.


Mhmm, in a way i guess yeah.
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I presume most are douches and argue about everything you do.

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And some people will type /thread before the thread starters gotten more than one opinion.

I mean wow. Typing thats really powerful and shows that your comment must be the answer! I applaud you oh god of /thread'ing.

I appreciate your not the only one doing it.. but seriously..

Maybe if he hadn't made a really good point, I'd be agreeing with you.
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#27
pretty ignorant comment if you do work in a hospital buddy. i am scottish (its in the UK where Englishmen are) and i am keen to know everythiing about what is going on i research before i go to the doc or the hospital, but i do trust doctors naturally like most people.
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I'm guessing people in the Uk (or other places with universal healthcare) are more disinterested because they aren't paying as much for the operation while people in the US would often be facing thousands of dollars in medical bills as soon as they leave the hospital so that would leave them edgy and they would try as hard as they can to avoid getting unnecessary things done to save money.

And to those arguing about not making generalizations, it's perfectly justifiable to in this case to make, like the OP said, soft generalizations. People from similar backgrounds put into similar situations with often have close to the same reaction. This is especially true in the US, which has the 'melting pot' approach to diversity, taking people from various backgrounds and throwing them in a pot to create a single homogeneous substance, with everyone the same, when you live in america you're supposed to be american first and where ever you're from come second, so of course people are going to conform to the same general mixture of politeness and paranoia if you were all raise in the same area.
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