Angry Doctor

Friday, March 24, 2006

Gongxi Facai

Once in a while an appreciative patient will wish angry doc well with a 'Have a nice day, doctor' or a 'God bless you, doctor'. And then once in a while a patient (usually the little old ladies) will wish him 'facai' (make lots of money), as one patient did today.

Patient: Thank you, doctor. I hope you 'facai'.

angry doc: No lah, doctors make money off sick people; we cannot 'facai' lah.

Patient: But you should - otherwise your heart will not be in it. If you get fame and fortune from your practice, then your heart will be in it.

angry doc: Er... OK. Thanks.

I'm still not sure what to make of what she said...


  • She's telling you to go out and set up your own practice lah instead of slaving for whoever you work for.

    Don't take her advice.

    It's a jungle out there man!

    By Blogger uglybaldie, At March 24, 2006 2:35 pm  

  • urself!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 24, 2006 3:15 pm  

  • This old lady is probably one of those who keeps telling her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren to become doctor becos be doctor can facai!

    Maybe she's related to Gary? LOL!

    By Blogger Dr Oz bloke, At March 24, 2006 3:25 pm  

  • Angry Doc

    Just curious, you are ok with 'God bless you, doctor' know of some docs who don't like it. Guess they non christians, and that they didn't know that their patients meant well.

    So, I always say thanks and bye, to be on the safe side.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 24, 2006 7:29 pm  

  • Again it is usually the little old ladies who say 'God bless you'. I don't really see it as they trying to impose their world view onto me; like you said it's their way of wishing you well.

    Afterall, I spend most of the consultation trying to impose my professional world view onto them.

    By Blogger angry doc, At March 25, 2006 1:23 pm  

  • she is telling u to put your heart into your work and after u get reputation in the industry then start to overcharge patients, esp that old lady who wished u facai..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 26, 2006 2:06 am  

  • Is it considered overcharge if a doctor charges the recommended fees while other doctors don't?

    Does starbucks overcharge its coffee?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 26, 2006 2:47 am  

  • YES. Starbucks overcharges coffee....

    By Blogger minimana, At March 26, 2006 2:43 pm  

  • She is saying that a doctor's heart is there, only when there is lots of money to make. Ouch!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2006 1:07 am  

  • I think she means that if a doctor is rich, his heart would not be for the money, but rather to serve the patient.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2006 1:19 am  

  • Angry doc

    Glad to know that you understand and is ok with it.

    Unlike my doc, when I sent my Christmas greetings to share the festive spirit and appreciation and back came the most impersonal greetings I have ever received.

    Can't understand docs, when patient's show appreciation personally, they act aloof, high and mighty and when patient does not show an appreciation, docs complained that patients take them for granted,etc,etc....

    What up on doc's mind? - patients too lowly, and are not fit to be friendly with a high and mighty doc. Of course, I don't expect docs to become friends with their patients, not even old and regular ones.

    I sent festive greetings to everyone from the top to my coffee lady who makes my coffee everyday. Don't see anything wrong with that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2006 1:42 am  

  • I think what the lady is trying to say echoes this piece of scripture from the Bible, in Matthew 6:21 - For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    This is basic human nature... can't run from it :)

    I understand your statement that we cannot 'facai', since we only earn when patients fall ill, and it is unbecoming of us to wish for us to wish for the illness of others so that we may prosper.

    But I believe that she wishes for us to prosper in our work so that we may take delight in it, and hence put in our all into serving our patients. For we know that happy workers work well.

    Peace out, yo...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2006 8:17 am  

  • I disagree.
    There are doctors out there who earn by preventing illness.
    So there is nothing wrong in letting my doctor earn as long as he devotes his time to me when I am in his room.
    To ask a doctor for attention but paying peanuts is unreasonable and unfortunately there are patients like my friends who maximise his visit by asking medication for herself and her family but paying for one consultation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2006 11:00 am  

  • well singaporean patients just love to complain complain complain

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2006 4:30 pm  

  • happy mo

    If everything you read here is nothing but complaints to you, then I think you are at the wrong place.

    You are wasting your time reading the comments here, why do you bother to do that.

    You are very, very immature and please keep your whining to yourself, you have practically nothing to say.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 27, 2006 6:26 pm  

  • How about telling her that you no need to "facai". You happy as long as you've made her day by solving her medical problem, work for FREE also can. :)

    Actually, the monetary reward is a hygiene factor. When one is doing smthg he is passionate of, he is happy and contented. Don't always need additional monetary rewards for motivation, though that additional monies is always welcomed.

    By Blogger pretzel, At March 27, 2006 8:01 pm  

  • Pretzel : food on table and roof over head, you know?


    By Blogger Areia Naraenil, At March 28, 2006 4:15 pm  

  • You should watch the anime "BLACK JACK", or read the original manga by the legendary Osamu Tezuka.

    By Blogger 0ne, At March 30, 2006 10:12 pm  

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