While I think Dr. Sorry could have gotten his point across without so much swearing, the situation he presents is very real.
Physicians, especially primary care, are routinely seeing 30 patients a day, which averages out to about 15 minutes per patient. But factor in waiting time after you are put into an exam room, and the actual face time with the physician is closer to 5 minutes.
As Dr. Sorry says, “Doctors—they have one eye on the clock and one eye on the patient.”
And the poor patient, Ms. Have-It-All (as in hypochondriac), has a valid and common gripe: “I struggled for three months to get an appointment of hardly 15 minutes. I took the day off from work, waited for the doctor to see me, and even that time is not uninterrupted.”
“What’s a doctor to do?” asks Dr. Sorry. He solves his problem by quickly writing a prescription and ordering a slew of diagnostic tests to rule out everything. Yes, Mr. Lawsuit makes another appearance in the exam room.
I have many friends who are physicians and hear similar stories all the time. Most are just marking time until they can retire or find an alternate medical career other than direct patient care.
At the end of the video, the physician (the real one) makes the statement that the American dream for physicians is over.
I’d say the American dream for patients is over, too.