A few days ago, we blogged about how doctors seem to often accuse patients of lying about the number of partners they’ve had.
Well this is worse… way worse:
[A Barcelona] woman … went to a hospital emergency room suffering from excruciating abdominal pain, only to be “treated with contempt.” She alleges doctors quipped, “Haven’t you ever heard of contraception?” and told her she was in the advanced stages of pregnancy, chalking her pains up to a panic attack. After two negative pregnancy tests, she returned to the hospital and urged doctors to examine her further, ThinkSpain reported Saturday.
When she was finally given an ultrasound, she said, “the doctor said, ‘Gosh, what a huge cyst.” She is now undergoing chemotherapy, and has opened a case with the patients’ ombudsman. (via Jezebel)
I know it’s not easy being a doctor. But is it so hard to actually listen to your patients? Or at the very least, not insult them with quips and insults?