There IS that element of both respect and trust that people have for their doctor(s); but times have changed - and changed drastically!! With the controls place on doctors by government insurance programs (Medicare, HMOs, etc.) - doctors are being told how they should do their job and all sorts of restrictions have been placed on them - especially in the case of the medical insurance programs!!
These are my thoughts. If you would like to add yours, please feel welcomed to do so.
XX> The Medical Profession Has Evolved From:
1.) The doctor of the early 20th century...
.....made house calls
.....was readily available for emergency situations
.....was a friend to his patients
.....was respected and trusted by his patients.
2.) The doctor of the 21st century...
.....is restricted as to how much time he/she can spend with each patient
.....is regulated by Gatekeepers (medical insurance of all kinds) - regarding procedures (diagnostic / surgical) he/she can request for a patient
.....is required to purchase very expensive mal-practice insurance
.....was trained to not become emotionally involved with patients
.....has lost the respect and trust of many patients
..... is NOT revered by many of his/her patients!!