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5 Common Myths About Doctors, Part 2

Picking up where Part 1 left off, we're exploring doctor myths like: Do doctors get paid for administering vaccines? Why are they late? What makes them so stoic?

By
Sanaz Majd, MD,
Episode #262

image of doctor administering a vaccine

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Last week, we initiated our controversial discussion on some of the top myths about doctors. We reviewed whether or not doctors are actually wealthy, and whether we are truly in cahoots with the pharmaceutical companies. Let’s continue our discussion and review the next three common myths I hear about doctors.

Doctors Get Paid for Administering Vaccines

The vaccine myths are simply out of control in the media, especially on the internet. I have two precious little girls who mean the world to me, and they are both fully vaccinated and on schedule. Why on earth would I even take a small chance at placing their lives at risk if I thought even for a moment that vaccines are evil? On the contrary, I am protecting my girls the best I can, just like I do for my patients. There’s a study that shows that 95+% of physicians vaccinate their kids on schedule. We’ve been through 11+ years of school and medical training to understand the science of medicine. We wouldn’t harm our own children.

Most doctors are also employees of large groups or organizations. If you haven't noticed, small, private doctor's offices are hard to come by these days. Your own doctor is likely an employee. As employees we do not receive any benefit from recommending vaccines. And those in private practice get reimbursed for the cost of purchasing the vaccine in addition to perhaps a small fee for having their staff administer it. Believe me, vaccination is no money-making scheme for doctors. If your doctor wanted to make money, they’d opt for out-of-pocket cosmetic procedures–injecting botulism toxin for wrinkles, tummy tucks, liposuction, and other surgical procedures that are not covered by health insurance. But trust me, not vaccines.

How that myth persists is beyond me.

Doctors Are Late Because They’re Lazy or Greedy

I have beaten this one to death before and it went viral on Business Insider. Why did this one hit a nerve? Those of us in healthcare can really feel the pain of this topic. It’s one of the most grueling parts of day-to-day practice. And frustrated patients can relate, as time is precious in this busy, crazy world.

If you haven’t read the article, your doctor is not late because they went out for a Starbucks run. They’re also not running late because they are “greedy” and double-book patients to make money. As I previously mentioned above, most doctors are employees. That means we really don’t have a say when it comes to our schedules after signing a contract. Our schedules are pre-designed “templates” that dictate how many patients we see, what time we see them, and how long of a time slot we are allotted for each one.  

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