I myself have respect for many doctors but overall I have lost respect for the profession as a whole. It has become a racket. A money making racket.
Doctors order thousands and thousands of unnecessary tests every year with the excuse they don't want to be sued for missing something. It is complete bullshit. This is done to bump up levels of care and increase billing.
Then there is the whole prescription drug problem. In the news today, a doctor was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the overdose deaths of 3 of her patients. She had a pattern of prescribing unnecessary pain pills. What a disgrace for the medical professiion.
Why do so many doctors give out pain med prescriptions? To avoid unhappy patients. Because patients expect it. Because it's easier to do it. In other words for cowardly reasons. Doctors could stand up, as a profession and stop this. They choose not to. As far as I'm concerned the addiction crisis lies squarely on their shoulders.
More and more the government and insurance companies are taking over how medicine is practiced. Part of the reason is costs. Tests are ordered that are unnecessary creating a ridicously expensive health care system. Pretty soon the government will play a huge role in narcotic prescribing, since doctors can't regulate it themselves. Doctors will have to justify every pill they prescribe.
Doctoring used to be an honorable profession. That ended years ago.