Professional, Not Provider—Please!

“You have to prescribe some penicillin for my sore throat.”
“When I feel like this my real doctor always gives me…”
Phrases like these were extremely common in my daily practice when I served as a physician at a university student health center early in my career. Those words were often a result of simple naivete, but consumer-driven patient attitudes have intensified dramatically through the years. Here in Canada, where euthanasia/assisted suicide is legal, I currently face more serious and sinister demands in my palliative care practice.

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