I noticed a few times at work that the MDs would take a water bottle for free every now and then, but today I was really observing them in the cafeteria, and I realized, ALL their food was free! They would just tell the cafeteria workers what they want or just grab however many yogurt cups their little heart desired (I saw one MD grab FIVE yogurt cups! What are you doing with five? Stocking up for your family? Give "free samples" to pts with diarreah or yeast infections? Or maybe he has diarrhea?)
Does your hospital give free food to doctors ALL the time? Special occassions like holidays don't count...
Man, and I've always wondered why the price was so high for not so great quality food...
Not where I'm at now - but at my old hospital in the states they did. They had to stand in line like everybody else and show their badge to the cashier who would ring it up as if they were paying, (I think they may have had to ring it up for inventory purposes or perhaps it came out of a special budget set aside for it and they to keep track of it).
Anyway, our hospital had a sushi chef there a few times a week and you could ask him for whatever you wanted (I hate sushi, I just know it was there). The thing is - one of those tiny little trays came out to about $10-15 give or take and some of these docs would grab 3 or 4 of them on top of everything else.
A few times I would be in line behind one of the docs I worked with and they'd tell the cashier to put my lunch on their ticket, so I benefited from the largesse a couple of times. And this is on top of them having their own doc's lounge (locked with keypad) that was stocked like a VIP lounge - usually for the night docs when the cafeteria would be closed.
It has to be some kind of perk the hospital offers them because this was a county hospital and I can't see the county commissioners (and taxpayers) being happy about footing that bill unless it was a perk to make up for lesser wages or something. And it was for ALL docs, attendings, staff docs, visiting docs, residents.
We even had one older surgeon who'd lost his license for running some little pain clinic on the side with shady narc prescribing practices - and he'd been at our hospital forever, and he'd still come in and give his name and get free food. I think he was lonely and just wanted to be back where it was familiar or maybe since he'd couldn't work anymore he was poor, I don't know. I would just see him there in line and say hi.
Last edit by Anisettes on Jan 21, '11
Jan 21, '11
by nursel56 Guide
Our docs wound usually eat with us plebes, but they had a meal card of some kind so they aren't really guilty of the Great Yogurt Heist of 2011-
Last edit by nursel56 on Jan 21, '11