Skip to main content

View Diary: Health Care Proposals: What's Going On? (143 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  some of that hospital stuff is defensive medicine (0+ / 0-)

    and some is poor training, and some is necessary but just doesn't look like it is.

    I don't miss the demise of physician gatekeepers. I prefer the relationship you describe.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun May 04, 2008 at 11:18:19 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  I think it really hurts (0+ / 0-)

      that most doctors don't know their patients. They don't see them healthy... or if they did, it was for 12 minutes a couple of years ago. So it's hard to look at the person in front of you and say, you don't look right.

      I think also that better data systems so that we can know, collectively, what approaches work, which ones work sometimes, and which ones don't work, is incredibly important.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun May 04, 2008 at 01:59:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  yes, outcomes based data (0+ / 0-)

        is vital. But as for "most docs don't know their patients', that's not true where I live.

        OTOH, you have to pay for well visits some way (insurance or out of pocket or whatever), or they will not happen. You can't have something for nothing.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Sun May 04, 2008 at 02:11:50 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  From my point of view (0+ / 0-)

          I'm healthy. My daughter is healthy. Our docs don't know us. They simply don't see us very often. We've only lived here a couple of years, and I have to start over because my doctor moved away.

          I have no problem with paying for well visits, but even so - 12 minutes once a year is a long road to getting to know someone. In the pediatrics practice, she might not even see the same doctor. Oh, and well child visits are 18 week lead time. They're just not set up to give us a chance to just meet each other.

          Other people in my family, due to whatever circumstances, do see their docs more often, or have been with one doc for a long time. There's no question when I take them in that it makes a huge positive difference that the staff knows what is normal for that person.

          What's funny is that my dentist knows me and my family far more intimately. In part that's because we all go to the same practice, and so they get a chance to meet and see all of us multiple times a year between all the visits.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Sun May 04, 2008 at 02:43:32 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site