Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
not wanting to decry the efforts of a lot of basic medical doctors - but I've often thought 99% of the diagnostics could be done via some sort of machine - possibly like the one suggested by the OP.
For those cases that seem more complex then a specialist should be referred to. That's what generally happens at a standard medical practice anyway.
IMO most doctors are actually grossly overpaid for what they REALLY have to do -- the worst that happens is they visit some emergency by a home visit, prescribe a few pills or if the patient looks really ill then they just call an ambulance.
Plenty of other people work "unsocial hours" -- paramedics, electricity workers, Police, oil rig workers, even some railway engineers etc etc.
Sorry "General Practitioners" -- I think you are over paid and over valued in a job which can be highly automated these days. Even in a Hospital I reckon some of these "Basic Tasks" could quite easily be delegated to senior nursing / ward staff.
Apart on the rare occasions when I've needed some form to be signed by a Doctor I've found I can often get better treatment and advice from the Local Vicar. !!!(And it's free too !!).
I agree with you to a point Jim and after 40+ years in nursing I have worked with more docs than I care to think about.
Yes the ones that work in the cities in those fancy med centres yes they are really well paid but in the rural areas when they are it - no amount of money would induce em to do what they do your social and private life are crap and there is always a constant flow of fools and idiots who expect them to jump to their tunes.
Their job is 24/7 and I know for a fact that they are not paid that well the problem lies with the "specialists" and others who rely on their junior staff to carry out their job while blithely proclaiming their "expertise" which in my mind is not so ruddy expertise from what I have seen.
I don't agree with the 99% of diagnostic powers of devices either a great deal of diagnostic skill comes with experience, hands on, and good old gut feeling - something a machine will never have. Yes they are good aids but I doubt anyone here or indeed anywhere would happily entrust their life to some robotic machine entirely and if they would then all I can say is more fool them.
Until you have felt an irregular pulse or watched erratic respirations then I suppose these devices sound real cool but accurate they might be in number crunching but in the real world have a VERY long way to go, and besides I don't have to have to be hooked up to some power source or ely on my "caps" staying intact or my CPU and chips staying at the right temps