PATIENT OR CLIENT? REFLECTIONS ON READING “DOCTORING: SERVICING OR CARING?” BY YU. K. ABAYEV.

The article discusses the issues raised in the article “Doctoring: servicing or caring?” written by Yu. K. Abayev and concerning some negative processes in the modern medicine as applied to the domestic narcology as one of the health care branches. The features of the doctor—patient relationships in the system for assisting addiction patients are described. Specific tasks of the clinician when working with this category of patients as well as expanding commercialization of drug treatment are indicated. Concrete examples of interactions between the doctor and the client are given demonstrating some reasons for classifying the existing system of addiction treatment as a service sector. Crisis events in the domestic narcology are mentioned. A cautious hope for a possible change in the attitude towards the addictive patient as a source of income and for following the ethical principles laid down in the Hippocratic Oath is expressed.

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Автор(ы): F. PLOTKIN