Nice to hear from you again! I actually read about
a woman doing this, and I think it's a personal decision. Yes, the drug reps do it, and that's been criticized even in the medical journals of late, but I don't see our doing some of those things as patients in the same light.; the drug companies have way more power than we do - and anything that helps us get a little power in the health care system I think it ok! We're generally at the bottom of the list when it comes to power with doctors.
I would see it more as a token of appreciation. Kind of like when you get a thank you note from someone - you tend to remember that person in a good light in the future. I just wrote my physical therapist a thank you note/card because he and his staff were wonderful to me; he saw me at no charge for several weeks when my insurance had run out. If I had the money, I'd have sent something like a fruit basket.
Sometimes I don't think this is such a bad idea, but it would have to be authentic, I think, to work. Maybe goes under the heading you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar? So in some situations it may help, but maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 7/16/2008 9:22:40 PM (GMT-6)