A few months ago I talked about my Husband and his visit to the Doctor. https://wakinguponthewrongsideof50.wordpress.com/2022/06/15/the-doctor/. To summarize, I talked about my Husband needing a Doctor and running into finding a specialist who worked on exactly what my Husband’s injury was.
As always, the comments about this issue were great, but as I discussed this issue with people, once I got past the humor and ridiculousness about needing to find a sports medicine Doctor who specifically worked on calves, I begin to think about how we got to this point:
Have we become a society who specifically wants the BEST, and who will only accept the word of an EXPERT?
How many times in the past two and a half years have we heard the phrase: According to experts?
How many times have WE uttered the words: According to experts…?
Did I need to call six Doctors because as a society we demand people to be specialists? Do we want to be treated by someone whose title has the word “general” in it?
If you were going in for surgery, would you want to be treated by a general surgeon, or would you want one who only deals with exactly what you are going through, and only that? If you have breast cancer, do you want to be treated by the best “cancer” person, or by the best person who specifically treats the exact type of cancer that you have? You don’t have to actually answer in the comments, but be honest with yourself about this…
I must admit…if I was having surgery, I would listen to the advice of one of my friends who knows medical way better than me: Go with someone who has done a fellowship in exactly what you need done- they are the most qualified…
I now turn this discussion over to you: what do you think about the rise in specialists? Is there a real need, or have we forced the issue?