What I Hated the Least Today 202/365: Doctors

I have an insurance card and I'm not afraid to use it
I have an insurance card and I’m not afraid to use it

I have a health insurance card. That in itself isn’t particularly surprising, as where I live, health insurance is obligatory. My card is special though because I made it so – I had my academic titles added on it because I could. Where I live, academic titles are a decorative property – it won’t earn you a living, but it will earn you a better approach from people. I’d almost venture to say that my PhD secures me a humane treatment, but I don’t want to push my luck too far.

Since you present your insurance card to staff before you are granted any treatment at all, the staff that will attend to you will know that you’re a fellow doctor. It’s seriously working wonders. Some of the doctors and nurses I dealt with were not only polite, they were positively friendly. I know this to be not the default behaviour. As all of them took vivid interest in my titles and inquired how to enter them in the correct order in my medical files, I’m sure that it was a smart move to adorn my insurance card with the little extras that make people treat me nicer.

12 thoughts on “What I Hated the Least Today 202/365: Doctors

    1. That was my thinking 🙂 It’s funny though how people’s attitude changes based on how many academic titles you have. I can’t see what the difference is really, I just see that it’s happening.

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      1. As a Christian I always want to honor clergy who have advanced degrees and offices in the church. It’s a matter of respect to the role they play. Some want me to call them by their first name and I do that. I believe in giving respect automatically until given reason not to.

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        1. Yes, I also think that there is no reason to treat some people better than others, even though of course I respect some people’s achievements more than some other people’s… Nothing to do with how nice I treat them though.

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    1. I don’t particularly like the way it works, but I might just as well use it as well as I can to my advantage. That’s about the only thing my degree is good for after all.

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      1. LOL that’s kind of sad — but true! I’d use it too, even though I don’t approve of it.

        We had a real asshole of a doctor in our clinic — he certainly wasn’t a “people person”, but when the Bishop, the Dean or any other person up in the hierarchy arrived, then he got all buttery and sweet. It made me nauseous.

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  1. My sister in law used to get upgraded on planes by using her Dr title on her ticket….ME? I get down grades. I think some times I’m lucky not to be in baggage….. so Doc have a good weekend…

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    1. I don’t fly these days, so I can’t test how this works, but it does sound nice. You get downgraded? No way! On all flights I’ve been so far you got just the ticket that you bought, no better, no worse. Of course, all my flights have been economy.

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