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    Pediatriatrian ask me twice if my twins have any special concerns before I make the appointment.

    My first well baby visits took me two hours.  They planned for this.  They made sure I had my maternity release paperwork.

    In the last well baby visit I was finished early.  Even with the twins.

    With the extra time she arranged for their fluoride treatments for which she will be paid, saved me a dental visit, and separate office visit.

    I feel sorry for your patients because this doesn't sound right.  I am crazy paranoid.  Have tons of questions and clarifications.  On the one month visit my son had a serious problem.  We handled it with an ER visit and by scheduling outpatient surgery with a pediatric surgeon.

    Anything I am being crazy or obsessing about she will tell me to stay off the Internet for a while.  Explained the situation and four times rescheduled me for a followup.

    Unless every one of your patients have severe asthma and disabilities (the child and/or parent), there should be no reason for you not to be able to do that in a normal office visit.  Are you personally plotting the growth chart by hand?  Mine is printed out.  Three measurements, even five if you have a fussy baby still wouldn't take that long and if you did it with no nurse and no extra help.

    If ANY one of my doctors consistently charged for two office visits which sounds like SOP for you I would move on.  And I have before, especially for my GDad and Mom on Medicare.  

    You writing that past medical history yourself?  Cause most patients already write that down, then an assistant or nurse reviews it.  What's taking so long?

    You personally administering these frequent 20 minute nebulizer treatment?  You reviewing formula and feeding?  I would rather you let me ask my questions and you have a pediatric nurse or nutritionist spend plenty of quality time with me if these are issues.

    If the parents are bringing seriously asthmatic children to your little office there, where are these parents coming from.  No hospital?  They just happen to have 30 minute asthma attacks or nutritional deficiencies on at well baby visits?

    NONE OF them has mentioned anything about these issues until their normal office visit runs out.

    I'm happy to pay for your time.  Don't scam me.  Don't play billing games with peoples health.  

    Pardon the typos.  

    "There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." Ed Howdershelt

    by Lava20 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 01:11:18 AM PDT

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