Monday, February 7, 2011
Higher income means less empathy?
The reason? Well, apparently students from the rural parts of Newfoundland will have more empathy for their fellow baymen than will higher income earning townie physicians.
A CBC report quotes MUN medical student Matthew Sheppard, now president of the national medical students association as saying, "Rural students are more likely to go back to practice in rural areas. Students from low-income backgrounds are able to treat patients from low-income backgrounds with more empathy than their more high-income counterparts."
So the less money you make as a doctor, the more empathetic you are? That certainly appears to be what Sheppard is saying. It’s a serious condemnation of many of the specialists who work at the Health Sciences Centre in St. Johns. It means that if a baymen comes in to get treated, he/she is likely to get less empathy from the high price tag doctors. Is the reverse true? Do they show more empathy for higher-income patients from here in town? Wonder what the higher paid doctors think of that? Wonder what the Dean of Medicine at MUN thinks of that?
Perhaps Sheppard should stop off at the Waterford to get his head examined and test his theory about less empathy from the higher paid doctors here in town.