it's an unspoken
this includes colleagues we don't even know personally, eg. those from private clinics or govt hospitals. however, if they have insurance cover for their hospitalisation, then we charge as we would for anyone else.
today, the lunar new year has come early for me. a colleague from the govt hospital who had a procedure done last week, returned with a little gift.
i've mentioned to other colleagues that we all in private practice ought to have our own medical insurance. no doubt the hospital provide an allowance as benefit-in-kind & we don't charge fees on each other, but i don't think it's fair to carry major surgery & see out a stormy recovery in the ICU, & not be adequately remunerated for the hard labour.
and, it's not that the insurance premiums are beyond our means.
it's all about giving & taking.