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  •  I understand the problem. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight

    My doctor's office isn't open on holidays or weekends, so if I have a problem outside of the office's opening hours, I'm screwed.  (Mind you, the office is open only Monday through Friday, from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 1:30 to 5:00.)  

    So I get why people go to walk-in centers.  I went to one recently myself.  My point is simply that I think it would be better if doctors could work out at least some limited weekend hours so that I could get all my health care in the same place.  I just think it's better to have complete records in one office.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 09:39:08 AM PST

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    •  the future (1+ / 0-)
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      1. e-records make the concept obsolete
      2. walk ins call your doc/oncalldoc and coordinate care, just like ERs do now
      3. solo docs join in coverage groups that provide weekend office hours. Patients then choose either covering doc they don't know or walk in. Oh, sorry, that's now. They choose walk in because they don't like/don't know the on call doc. See the problem?

      "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 10:44:21 AM PST

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      •  Well, right now . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        Sharon Wraight

        if I want to see a doctor in the flesh outside of regular office hours, I have no choice but to go to a walk-in center.  My doctor's practice has a covering physician outside of those hours, but that doctor is available only for telephone consultation.

        So for me, whether I like the covering doctor or not is irrelevant.  I won't be seeing him/her anyway.

        "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

        by FogCityJohn on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 11:51:11 AM PST

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        •  just about all the docs in my area (1+ / 0-)
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          have one person designated for weekend office visits (sick visit only) on sat and sun 9-1 or so. Outside those hours, you are on your own.

          "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

          by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 01:28:43 PM PST

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