"Sir, we're going to need to get your consent for a blood transfusion."
"Your blood count is really low. We need to do a transfusion-- it's important."
"No, this is the kind of thing I want a second opinion about."
"Sure. Would you like me to get the other doctor [my resident] in here to talk to you?"
"No, I mean, look: I know this isn't the only hospital in the world."
"This is a standard procedure, lots of patients get transfusions-- I know it sounds alarming, but it really does happen all the time, it's safe, and it's important to get you on the road to recovery."
"I know what you guys try to do. You try to get us to say we'll let you do all sorts of stuff we don't need. That's how you work. Well, I'm onto you."
"I promise you, we wouldn't want to do this transfusion unless we really needed to. I'm happy to get the other doctor to come in and explain it. I'm happy to get [the attending] to explain it next time he comes by."
"You just want to do it because you'll make more money."
"I earn a salary for working here-- I'm not paid based on how many things I do to the patients. I'm paid the same thing whether we let you lie here and don't do anything, or we do a million different things to you. It doesn't matter to me. I just want to do what's best to get you healthy enough to leave."
"Well, someone's making money off it."
"I assure you, this has nothing to do with anyone making any money off a blood transfusion. It's important that we do this. Do you want me to come back after lunch and we'll talk about it some more?"
"I'd rather talk to the lady doctor about it."