Doctors in Trinidad and Tobago

In Trinidad and Tobago, many years ago, people used to think that doctors were special people and high up on the social ladder but now that doctors are at least a dollar TT for six, people have a more realistic view of medics. Every family now has one doctor and some families have eight with two more in medical school every five years. Doctors are an important part of society just as garbage collectors but I get more annoyed if the garbage people are late than if the doctor doesn’t show up at his office when I have the virus, especially when the doctor finally walks in he greets his waiting patients with a snub and no smile. The first career blunder a doctor makes is assuming the superior position.

Usually Trinidad and Tobago doctors have a way of talking down to most patients and shouting at the ones who are smarter than the doctors – the Googlers. Local doctors hate to be questioned and made to look like fools in their own office. What people have been discovering about many doctors, especially the young ones, is that they hide their incompetence and lack of enthusiasm for the profession with arrogance, a stethoscope and a peculiar “educated” accent.

Drug salesmen are frequent visitors to doctors’ offices and sometimes I wonder if the drugs being prescribed or recommended by doctors are not the ones that bring in the highest commercial value to the doctors. I am not suggesting there is collusion between doctors and drug companies but this is Trinidad and Tobago where we expect most professionals to act in self-interests before anybody else’s. I have a feeling that many drug companies and doctors were against CDAP because the program threatened their lavish, and possibly undeserved lifestyle.

I remember a cardiologist telling the father of a high school friend that he, the doctor, was able to afford a $600,000 Benz and his current wife because of KFC and Golden Ray cooking butter. Trinis believe the health services must cater for their mass stupidity so Trinbagoians can forever eat what they like and think an exercise program must be only be started when the doctor tells them to start looking for a good undertaker. Instead of complaining about the Cuban, Indian and Nigerian doctors not understanding English or how to wine, people should spend time reducing the need for doctors, and by extension, some of the people who keep them in check, lawyers.

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13 thoughts on “Doctors in Trinidad and Tobago

  1. lost faith in our medical system when at the age of 8 a doctor told my mom i had asthma. never suffered any asthma like symptoms then and since. trinidadian dentists though are on average much more efficient. my orthodontist was da bomb. big up harper. we have qaulity professionals. just not all of them and especially not our doctors or imported filipina nurses, come to think of it. almost blacked out after 3 filipinas could not find a vein and tried to get blood from a blue dot on my wrist. alternately i’ve had quality treatment from couva casualty for various trauma…bust toe etc and at mount hope one day surgery after my wisdom teeth removal. guess it just proves teh kind of hit and miss you’re subjected to in our health care service.

  2. I hate going to the doctor ….. especially mine ….. cuz he never seems interested in anything I have to say ….. especially my ‘9 out of 10 times’ accurate diagnoses ….

    He’s known me fuh donkey years …. and I think that that familiarity has worked against me ….. cuz the man never takes me seriously …..

    I often wish I could just write my own prescription …. and forgo the $140 one in his handwriting!

  3. Trinbago is the best place to make plenty money, for as long as I can remember, doctors do not answer questions, as if they were to address our concerns, we may become wiser and they will no longer be able to rip us off. You walk into a doctor’s office, after waiting more than six hrs, and he sits you down, and then asks how you are feeling. Before you could finish your 3rd or so word, he scribbles something on a piece of paper and tells you take this three times a day. I don’t know but maybe these fellas are indeed gods, for to be able to act so fast is but amazing.

  4. I’m not fond of the breed myself.

    My mother said that as soon as CDAP came into being her (chain-smoking) GP slapped an extra $100 on to his fee. Apparently what they lose on the swings, they gain on the roundabouts.

  5. I see doctors as being a blood-sucking breed that aims to squeeze as money as they can per patient. There is too much evidence in Trinidad and Tobago which will support this statement.

  6. Yes, surveys show that when asked most people say that doctors are the most dishonest unscrupulous around, second only to lawyers. However, when parents were asked who they would like their children to get married to, doctors headed the list. Hypocrisy?

    • Well, some say being a Doctor adds to one’s status but that sentiment only comes from people who never knew many doctors. I suppose parents look at status in society and job stability. The dishonesty of doctors and lawyers is accepted by society and therefore considered a necessary evil.

  7. hmm, i am a doctor in nigeria, but honestly the vituperations against the doctors in TT is alarming. Doctors are honest and caring people who sacrifice their lives for others.

  8. im going back to TT in the next 2 years to :”BE THE DOCTOR:” AWESOME AINT IT/ ive heard how bad it is. but i want to help my people. i want to bring them the love and that extended hand of healing that ive learned in the last 40 years. i will make a difference. IM EXCITED AS …………

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