I have NEVER had a GP shake my hand thou Ive seen at least 25 of those. I have thou think experienced hand shake by a couple of specialists (a bowel specialist.. and I think it was an immunologist.. note never of these were at a public hospital, Ive never experienced a handshake at a public hospital). How do I feel about it? Im not sure. I do like the physical contact and its a caring gesture but I probably too would wonder if the doctor has washed his hands after touching his last patient.