Should Doctors Receive Tips?

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5 comments on “Should Doctors Receive Tips?
  1. I once received $1000 “bonus” from the son of a very grateful patient of mine. Although I felt a little funny accepting this “holiday gift”, I did, as I put in so much extra time on this challenging case.

  2. Sherri Brown says:

    Tips for doctors should be optional, a personal choice.

    Reason- tips are generally mandatory for low paying jobs (waitress, home keeping at a hotel, hair cutter).

    Doctors make a decent living without tips, but why not tip him/her as a token of appreciation if you are feeling it that day?

    • Pamela Wible MD says:

      Interestingly, Sherri, some primary care doctors are reimbursed so poorly (by insurance companies and uninsured patients) that they make less than minimum wage when you consider 24-hour call, unfunded administrative mandates, and all the other crap they have to deal with on a daily basis.

  3. Mike Permenter says:

    I don’t believe physicians should accept tips. However, if they are being offered tips, its probably a good indication that their customer service program is working well.

  4. Dr. Gafanovich says:

    I did appreciate a bonus of over a thousand dollars in travel accommodation from a well known New York singer. Although not an every day activity this adds confidence and pleasure to work. Dr. Gafanovich –

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