They don't need to know about people. They need to know about medical problems, and for the most part, they are pretty good at that.
I don't go to the doctor for him to tell me what a great person I am and swap fishing stories. I go so he can fix what ails me.
It's been my experience that medical problems in humans do not have a separate existence from an individual's personhood or peopleness or humanity, however you choose to call it.
No, you don't go to the doctor for him to tell you what a great person you are, unless he's a psychiatrist/psychotherapist and doing so is part of his treatment plan for you.
I've heard tell that swapping fishing stories, in the correct context, can be extremely therapeutic.