Medicare Locals threaten doctor-patient relations

Needless to say, jellybeans and balloons are an important part of consultations with children, and there is a certain sense of satisfaction when younger patients go searching for the goodies having entered the consulting room. To me it means they are comfortable and somewhat relaxed, which is something that certainly helps with the history taking and examination process. 

There is little doubt that in the lives of many children, the family doctor is very significant, and a lasting impression is left on the child at nearly every consultation.

This fact provides all the more reason why we need to nurture these relationships with children and their families, as families make up some of our most avid and yet often unheralded supporters. 

Our relationship with them is a privilege, and the rewards are great for both doctor and patient when we take the time to come up with ideas to make them feel comfortable and special.

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