I like to point out generational differences as I see them. An example is in my post The Mooninite Schism where I describe a divide in how generations perceive the actions of law enforcement. One too exists in the roles and perceptions of the health care establishment.
Older generations still have a patriarchal relationship with their doctors. They are much more likely to take a diagnosis at face value and infrequently seek second opinions. Even when confronted with mismanagement or outright malpractice, older people are more likely to side with the doctor with justifications of bad luck or an overly litigious society. There remains in their minds the perception that the doctor is the wise old man who is looking out for their wellbeing even when all evidence is to the contrary.
Generation X’ers and younger, being more cynical and distrusting, are far more assertive in their relationships with doctors. They are more likely to research their conditions before and after a doctor visit and give input to the courses of treatment (frequently to the doctors chagrin). Also younger people are more likely to seek second opinions or seek treatment with other providers if they are dissatisfied with the service they are receiving. Gen X’ers think of health care providers more like their ISP rather than their benevolent benefactors.
The kids of Baby Boomers are now having to take an active role in the health care of their parents. Because of the divide, this new role is a source of tension and frustration. As Baby Boomers pass on into old age, this tension will grow leading to open strife when the children becomes responsible for their care and well being.