One of the patients hands you a basket of baked goods and wine for the holidays as a gift. What would you do?
So in this situation, I have a little bit of a dilemma because as a new family physician, I've been offered a nice gift including baked goods and wine from one of my new patients and the Dilemma is that accepting gifts as a health care provider can sometimes undermine the patient provider relationship, which normally I would not receive any personal payment from the patient. And so if these gifts can sort of be framed as a payment or
I can obtain personal gain from then it can change the patient expectations of the care that they receive from me. They may expect to receive, you know, preferential treatment compared to other patients or perhaps I would feel that because this patient gives me gifts and I enjoy receiving gifts perhaps I would consider in the future offering this patient better care or care that they prefer more than my other patients. And so that's a bit of an ethical quandary. However, the issue is that
I also don't want to offend this patient and I really want to Foster good patient provider relationships. So I'd like to politely try and decline this gift. But if the patient seems insistent on me taking something or that they may be poor that they may be offended. I think I could consider taking the basket of baked goods and maybe sharing it with a hospital staff and that way I'm receiving very little to no personal gain the wine I am uncomfortable taking and I think I would just explain my rationale and then refuse except