In North America however they are exactly what most people associate lawyers with; shameless salesmen who just want to rip someone off for money.
This is very capitalist, and one can hardly blame the doctor if every doctor in the country is doing it, but really they are not even helping themselves like this.
Fun facts: Inability to pay medical bills are the cause of 80% of bankruptcies in America.
GP visits in America usually cost upwards of $250, while in places like Australia which has roughly similar $ value, and the UK which has a much higher $ value, GP visits only cost $75 tops, usually including medicine costs.
I told him I would have to check with my insurance company, and left."
You see Doctors in America are worse than lawyers these days.