13 It’s a great question. The answer is the best doctors will do the right thing. Those that aren’t quite at the top of the totem pole won’t. Doctors are human beings. We come in all sizes and shapes, different motivation. Some are driven by excellence and some are driven by their bank accounts. But I would tell you that when you do your homework, and you keep your eyes and ears open, it kind of all sorts out. The patient who does the homework, that asks the right questions, that kind of sizes up the practice and acts like a smart consumer, just like when you go to buy a car, there’s sometimes that you just know you’re getting hustled, the observant patient will sense that.
How the questions are answered, and who answers the questions by the way, because some practices employ almost like sales people, not physicians to do the, what they call, selling, which is not appropriate in a professional practice in my opinion. This is not like buying an appliance. It is not like buying a car. This is a highly professional service. I think you need to spend time with a doctor, not with someone who has no medical education and couldn’t even address those issues, safety for example. So I think you need to get a sense of it. I think most people do. I think most people make the right decisions. Unfortunately, good decisions require work and the rich and famous don’t necessarily make the right decisions either.
So it’s not a matter of money or how affluent you are, or not being able to purchase, because frankly, most of the practices are affordable today, they really are. For most working people, you can afford it. You can finance it, you can put it on credit card. But whatever it is, that’s not the issue. The issue is making the right decision so that you’ll be happy and of course, have a safe experience.
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