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Doctors Don't Listen
 Here's a brutal example of how doctors don't listen.  They believe patients are too stupid to report symptoms and too worthless to deserve an accurate diagnosis.  Which is malpractice, but it prevailingly affects disadvantaged people.  Women.  Brown folks.  Anyone poor or uninsured.  People with disabilities.

And then they wonder why people "don't want help."

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: March 11th, 2018 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and doctors tend to ignore overweight people and women in general, too. Overweight people tend to get told to exercise. Like, they could be suffering from malnutrition or syphilis, and would just be like "exercise more."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 11th, 2018 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes ...

I've seen multiple accounts of people going in with broken bones and being denied care because they were fat, female, black, etc. I mean really. That is a deeply pathetic state of quackery.

So what happens is that people get tired of being ignored or nagged and stop going. Many fat people and smokers just don't bother. Why should they? Even if they go, they won't get the real problem solved and nobody likes to be abused. I have repeatedly given up on some forms of health care because I'm not willing to be abused in order to get it.

I think it would be very interesting to do a comparison study -- but very difficult to find enough people to participate -- between the health of smokers who get supportive care and those who quit going due to obnoxious doctors.
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