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A good doctor always … puts the patient first. That’s it. Always.
My typical patient … is extremely nice, very cooperative and wants to understand issues. All you have to do is explain what’s going on. You treat them the way you would be treated, as in life in general.
My biggest headache is … dealing with the insurance companies, especially the state government, the Medicaid programs. It’s a lot of headaches.
The best advice I give is … for the woman to take care of herself first. I see the mother, the woman, as the center of the household. Even if she is not the one bringing the money home, she still has a lot to control. They put so much else first. In society it’s so “let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,” but they’re really not skilled at how to balance things out.
The best advice I’ve gotten is … drop the baggage and move on. Do your job well, and don’t worry about the emotions or the outcome, because you do it with your heart, and do it the way you’re supposed to do it, and the outcome is up to the Superior, to God.
My most memorable patient: That’s hard to pick. I’ve seen so many strong women, I tell you. If I had to pick one: She’s young, in her 20s and self-sufficient, and has a baby with cystic fibrosis. She knew about it, and understood, and kept it. It’s very hard. But not one day did that patient ever say, “I wish I would’ve reconsidered this.” She’s always in a good mood, always joking. It’s heartbreaking for others [to have a baby with special challenges], but it’s really nice to see what someone can do with [the right] attitude.
One thing most people don’t know about my specialty is … why we do both OB and GYN. It’s not for the money. I could just stay in the office and maximize my time [with gynecology alone] and go home. But the reason we do both is that it’s so much fun to bring in life. OB offers seeing this mother and the father and everybody else in the room sharing love for this new baby, and it’s just priceless.
What the health-care industry needs most is … good ethics. It goes both ways: the doctor’s side, the insurance side, everyone. Why can’t we just have a uniform system that works better by improving ethics on both sides?
In 10 years, health care … will have seen a lot of mergers. We won’t have any more “I’m going to see my doctor.” It will be, “my corporation, my hospital.” When the economy is good, [providers] separate and become smaller, and when the economy is bad, they merge and try to save some money.
Avoid seeing me by … seeing me when you should. Come to see me for a regular cancer screening. But also, what people don’t know is that it’s the quality of the food that’s so important, not quantity, not whether it’s organic or not organic. Does it have minerals and nutrients? How can you improve the quality without spending too much money? That’s how they can take care of themselves.