I am not making enough money as a teacher. I am going to go to med school, become a GP and then rake in the apparent millions from the government and pharmaceutical companies for vaccinating children….or something. CLEVER!!
This has gotten out of control. Unfortunately we need another scourge to make people see straight.
I don’t get any financial benefit from vaccinating my patients. A big fat zero. In fact, it’s not even technically my job to give most infant vaccines (that’s done here by nurses in special well-baby clinics). Perhaps I need to move to Australia to make the big bucks?
I used to work at a medical school as a residency advisor, and in my experience, people who go into pediatrics are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. They’re incredibly devoted to improving children’s lives. Pediatricians don’t make much money compared to many other specialties but surveys show they have the highest job satisfaction of any specialty. It’s because people who do this work go into it because they love kids. So it really chaps my ass to see people accuse them of endangering and killing children just to line their pockets. It’s such a slap in the face.
I don’t like that the anti-vax doc comes down on doctors who don’t accept anti-vax families. Our pediatrician told us she would not take kids of anti-vax parents in her practice, because she feels she is an advocate for children. I really dug that about her.
Well, technically, a true advocate for children would provide as much care as they legally could while trying to get the parents to accept vaccination. I don’t like that pediatricians think they are helping these children by not taking them into their practice. The parents clearly already have no trouble denying their kids proper medical care– if they can’t find a doctor unethical enough to be okay with no vaccination, they’ll just get a homeopath and call that medical care.
I don’t know if I buy that. The way I see it is getting kids vaccinated is the standard of care, anything less than that is, well, substandard and I think that doctors might have an ethical issue with providing substandard care.