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  •  Well, how about setting it up (1+ / 0-)
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    for the 4th? Or the week after that? That way you don't have to go immediately...

    •  we know it's never that easy... (0+ / 0-)

      first there's the appointment with the primary doc, then the appointment for the x-rays, then the referral to the specialist.  in the meantime, i still have appointments for other stuff that's going on.  i hate this system.  remember the good old days when you went to whatever doc to needed to go to without having to clear it with an insurance company?

      I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

      by nonnie9999 on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 03:07:43 PM PST

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      •  Yes, and it seemed to work perfectly. (1+ / 0-)
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        Even with all those step-by-step appointments you may not really find a doc you can speak intelligently with, either.

        For 2011 I'm considering an outfit out here called Qliance - it's all pay-as-you-go, membership less than $100/month, though obviously geared to working with healthier people. They accept no insurance, not even Medicare. Saves them a huge amount of staff time and gives patients more time with the physicians.

        •  i went to the doctor yesterday (0+ / 0-)

          i have to have a biopsy on my thyroid (i'm not worried, as the chances that it's anything is only 10%).  i filled out the usual paperwork and paid the $10 co-pay.  then i was put in an exam room.  i got my blood pressure taken.  the doctor came in.  he asked me how i felt, i said fine.  he asked me what meds i take (why did i fill out paperwork if he wasn't going to read it?).  then he told me about the procedure (which i already knew) and said his assistant would be in to make the arrangements.  she came in, we picked a date, she told me to wear something with an open collar, and suggested that i have someone drive me (there's absolutely no reason for that, in my estimation).  then we picked a date.  that was it.  other than the waiting, i was with the doc and the assistant for maybe 3 minutes total.  the doc never touched me, and he didn't even look at me for more than a few seconds.  it was a totally unnecessary appointment.  the important things they needed to assess was whether i was taking any meds that would make it more likely that i would bleed a lot (i don't).  it could have been done over the telephone.  instead, they now have to get yet another referral, but they get paid for 2 office visits instead of just 1.  not only is it a waste of health care dollars, but it's a waste of time and of gas, because i have to go there twice instead of once.  ridiculous!

          I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

          by nonnie9999 on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 03:47:56 PM PST

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          •  That is disgusting - all pro forma, nothing real. (1+ / 0-)
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            I've experienced the docs who might as well be objects with recorded speech. The assistants sometimes seem to be the ones holding things together and can be semi-aware as human beings, like a thin film of oil between big pieces of cold iron.

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