A harrowing tale of Steve's reminded me of a story of my own. Mine was a completely different situation (trivial compared to someone in medical distress), but another example of inexplicable doctor behavior.
I was trying to get my marriage license in Rhode Island and it turned out that I did not have a doctors note stating that I had been informed of the dangers of STDs. Of course, I knew the dangers of STDs, (I'm pretty well informed, and was even 13 years ago) I just didn't have the note.
There was a GP's doctor's office across the street from the town hall, and Maggie and I went over there to see if the doctor was in. As I stood in a nearly empty reception area, I was informed that he was, in fact, in. I explained to the receptionist that I'd like to speak to the doctor -- that I needed him to sign a note saying I'd been informed of the danger of STDs. I didn't want to have to take more time off from work (a new job), and then yet more time to come back for the marriage license. I explained that I was very knowledgeable on the subject and was willing to be quizzed, if necessary. I'd pay for the time, I just needed the note.
After conveying the message to the doctor, she came back and told me "No, the doctor will not see you."
I tried to make my case again, but I got nowhere. And I got no explanation as to what the basis was for his refusal. Apparently, I didn't even deserve that.
To this day I have no idea why the doctor wouldn't give me the note, nor why he would even give me a good reason not to. The sensible conclusion, of course, is that he was just a jerk.
Maggie dragged me out of the place before I caused a scene. Which, I swear, would not have happened. But she was taking no chances.Posted by James at December 18, 2003 1:06 PM