just to clarify, I only accept gifts/ food etc from patients at the free clinics.
It would not be appropriate to refuse those gifts from a cultural standpoint anyway. I love being with my patients at the free clinics, and they love me back. Sometimes we eat at the church with them, it's like a big family of a few hundred people. Not accepting to be part of their culture of sharing, or going to their quinceneras for example would be a mistake IMO.
Of course, hospitals are a totally different environment.
Originally Posted by Meadbh
I have always felt uncomfortable about anything that might smack of conflict of interest, and even about gifts from patients. I figure that pharmaceutical (and device) manufacturers would only spend money on this if it is effective in improving their bottom line. My interest is in what's good for the patient first, and for the founders second.
Hope that helps.
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