By ChubbyButt - 16/01/2013 10:48 - Canada - Brampton
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my bestie and I are the same weight. she is seen as obese I am seen as just overweight. all because of a 7cm height difference. technically were both only overweight. how can seeing it make any difference? looks are deceiving. and doctors have a duty of care to confidentiality. they cant say anything specific to you in public. about any medical condition
It's possible to say to someone "Your weight has put you in danger of blah, blah, blah, blah, and if you don't get it under control you will likely die" and still be ignored because saying that something is LIKELY to happen is still not a guarantee it WILL happen, and therefore why the hell should I really care? That same person however upon being embarrassed in such a fashion as this one, may then turn around and actually try to lose weight simply to avoid the embarrassment and as a side effect gain better health. It may well be that this doctor has tried repeatedly to drive home that the OP needs to lose some weight to stay healthy and has been ignored. This may be their last resort.
Actually it's worse. I worked at a hospital for a year and they made it very clear every time that you can not discuss or release any information that a patient confided in you or anything related to their health. Although I agree that obesity is quite obvious to spot, it doesn't change the fact that it is still a topic of health that was addressed in public by a doctor during work hours.
3rd attempt.. 97&113 I see that you feel this is a condition that garners sympathy. That mentality is why obesity is an epidemic in this country. These are people that lead unhealthy lifestyles and are too lazy to change them. You wouldn't be this supportive of a drug addict who "can't help it" so what's different here?
Doc-That's an understatement. One of my aunt's friends went to a doctor while she was in Nigeria for a routine checkup, and never made it out of the office. For those of you that are slightly slow-she died, and left behind two daughters and a husband. And she didn't even have surgery. A ROUTINE CHECKUP. Never go to a foreign country for surgery just because it's discounted. Never has the phrase "you get what you pay for" been any more true than in these situations.
While I agree with you in the extreme, there are facilities in other countries whose medical techniques are on par with (where-ever-you're-from) but is cheaper. My brother went to Germany to have some heart surgery. The round trip flight and the medical costs was less that what the insurance in the US wouldn't cover and Germany has decent medical. Also, a lot of hospitals in India have very good doctors (who can and do get hired by American hospitals). Bottom line, do your research and consult your local doctor before trying this. Truly Caveat Emptor
As medicine gets more and more specialised i guess travelling to foreign countries to get treatment will become more common I'm british and we get people from all over using our hospitals like great ormond street which specialises in child care. However getting health care on the cheap may be like cheaping out on the brakes if you dont know what your doing.
DocBastard - I know about Medical Tourism and its dangers, but in this case it doesn't really apply. Before living in the US we had lived in Brazil for 5 years and the doctor she went to get surgery with was actually a very trusted doctor who we had known for quite a few years. In this case, the "unknown procedures and doctor" were actually those in the US. I know where you're coming from, though. My mom only did that because we had lived there before and were familiar with how things were done over there. Otherwise, it's better to just stick to the country where you live and the doctors there.
Unprofessional. Time for a new doctor...
Yeah, your doctor is very insensitive...