Friday, April 25, 2014
OPINION :HOW MUCH SHOULD THIS DOCTOR BE PAID?
The following story may be true, partly true or just a figment of my imagination:
A distraught parent rushes into the hospital (a private hospital) screaming for help that her toddler is dying, the doctor rushes to her side and asks what the problem is, the parent tearfully says that her child kept some peanuts up his nostril which suddenly lodged and blocked the passage, now the child is unable to breathe and the peanut/s can't be removed.
The doctor looks at the poor child who is already turning blue and tells the parent that it would be a complex procedure but they may be lucky and the cost would be 100,000 Naira (about 550 dollars);the distraught parent says :'Doctor please remove it and I will pay anything you want!
The doctor calmly looks at the child going blue, looks into his nostril and picks a little forcep, in 2 seconds, he has removed the peanuts from the nostril.
The amazed parent jumps for joy and hugs the doctor.
The doctor then asks for his 100k payment.
The parent looks at him and says, 'Doctor, 100k for what? What special thing did you do?'
Should the parent pay the 100k?
Was the doctor just greedy?
How much should the parent pay if not the 100k?
Should they re-negotiate the fee?
If you were the parent what would you do?
If you were the doctor, what would you do?