Waiting for Harris
SHAUN HARRIS – in “Already missing Manto” (9 October) – says his way of getting back at doctors is to pay them late. However: • He probably also waits at airports, often longer than half an hour, and he has to pay in advance for those services. I’m sure he must have been at a supermarket at peak times and had to wait in a queue, because he needed the goods. And he had to pay immediately. • He must certainly have waited for his turn at a filling station at peak times, knowing that without fuel he wouldn’t reach his destination. And he had to pay immediately. • When does Harris pay for his house and for his car instalments? In three months’ time or when he feels like it? Those are just a few examples. And there aren’t even any lives at stake…
But at least we plan properly and our patients seldom wait longer than 15 minutes. But they nevertheless don’t want to pay our accounts within 30 days. For some reason people think doctors and dentists still have to wait three months or longer for their accounts to be paid, like in the old days when we had to rely on the post to get our accounts to medical funds.
I wonder how they’d pay their accounts – car instalments, their electricity account, the mortgage, and so on, which aren’t half of doctors’ or dentists’ costs – if they didn’t get their salaries at the end of every month?
And even if you have to wait, he nevertheless helps you when it’s urgent – he really only has two hands.
I think Harris is looking for an excuse not to pay his accounts.