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Just a reminder to everyone here that the 'waitlist' boogeyman is a bigger problem in the US 'best system in the world' of A than it is in Europe or Canada.

This is a revealing statement from 2007 that the 'lamestream media' never brought to the light of day.

From the mouth of Aetna's Chief Medical Officer (errrr...death panel leader):

While the problem has been largely overlooked by the major media, it was quietly exposed by the chief medical officer of Aetna, Inc. late in Aetna's Investor Conference 2007 in March.

In his talk, Troy Brennan conceded that "the (U.S.) healthcare system is not timely." He cited "recent statistics from the Institution of Healthcare Improvement… that people are waiting an average of about 70 days to try to see a provider. And in many circumstances people initially diagnosed with cancer are waiting over a month, which is intolerable," Brennan said.

Brennan also recalled that he had formerly spent much of his time as an administrator and head of a physicians' organization trying "to find appointments for people with doctors."

Interesting stuff, Mr. Aetna.

Perhaps the fact that doctors have to spend money paying two or three billing assistants to deal with your insane bureaucracy -- instead of hiring more nurses and nurse practitioners -- could be part of the problem.

Just a reminder that insurance companies are Potemkin Villages. Their 'deadly spin' is all lies.

Single payer is the only just, moral...and efficient option that we have.

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  •  The first argument that many use (9+ / 0-)

    to trash single payer is that places like Canada and the UK have such long waiting times, yet they think nothing of having to book months in advance just to visit their GP, let alone a specialist.  I have a friend who spent almost two decades in Europe and received excellent, timely care without any of the financial worry or hassles associated with our crappy system.  We ought to be ashamed of the terrible failure to embrace a civilized solution to the health care crisis we've created.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri May 18, 2012 at 04:33:35 AM PDT

  •  "Lamestream media"? (1+ / 0-)
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    james321

    No, thank you. Find some other word, we're not adopting Sarah Palin's phrases here.

  •  People know they have to wait to see doctors. (2+ / 0-)
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    james321, JVolvo

    It is not news to them.  It seems like we live in an echo chamber where a few people with absolutely wrong information send it out and it becomes conventional wisdom.  It is our media who allow people with vested interests to present lies as facts.

  •  a friend of mine (3+ / 0-)
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    james321, JVolvo, Calamity Jean

    with 'good' BC/BS coverage was told by his GP he needed to see an endocrinologist because of concerns related to his diabetes. This happened in February.

    The earliest appointment he could get with the specialist approved by BC/BS is in August.

    No, he's not in Ireland, or the UK, or Canada. He lives in Albuquerque, NM.

    When I had to get my knee worked on in 2007 after tearing the meniscus more than 50% and had a micro-fracture in the tibia, after diagnosis and deciding to have the surgery, I waited 2.5 months for the surgery. Again, that was here in New Mexico. That was happy fun times - It's a full flight of stairs from the street to my front door, the house is 2.5 stories high. I spent 2.5 months trying to get around my house on crutches, sometimes sitting on the stairs and dragging trash bags and laundry baskets alongside me as I bumped step by step down or up the stairs multiple times a day.

    Every time I need to see my NP, I have to wait at least 2 weeks for an appointment.  When I had a serious reaction to a medication that she had prescribed for me, and was quite concerned about what was happening - multiple layers of skin were peeling off my hands and fingers and I couldn't hold a glass or type or read a book or do housework, the only appointment available was three weeks away.

    The side-effect is not listed on the handout sheet at the pharmacy. A friend who was taking the same medication did some research when I told her what was happening, and she's the one who gave me the info about the side effect of having the skin peel off or blisters appearing was a symptom that demanded immediate care by a doctor.

    By the time I saw my NP, I'd stopped taking the medication on my own (after reading online that the side effect I was experiencing was considered so rare and dangerous it required stopping the drug and seeing a medical professional immediately, and I informed my clinic of the warnings that my symptoms were very rare and dangerous), almost all of the visible effects to my skin were gone and she wondered why I was making such a big deal about it. Even after I showed her the complete side-effects and precautions I downloaded from a reputable medical site, she didn't express much concern, she just said 'I'll take your word for it' and finally prescribed the medication that I had told her worked for me for years without side effects I couldn't handle.

    The stolen time from me and my friend who have to wait and wait for care make profits for the companies, but leaves people coping with serious medical problems without help or even sympathy from the medical professions.

    Yet both myself and my friend have insurance, have money we can use for medical care, but we can't get it in a timely manner.

    So when I thought I had pneumonia last winter, when I sprained my wrist and thumb a few weeks ago, I didn't even bother with my clinic. I went straight to the urgent care company for treatment and paid substantially more for treatment not covered by my insurance, rather than wait 2-3 weeks to see any one at the clinic that accepts my insurance.

    It's another sneaky way to keep the costs low to the insurance company; just offer lousy service at the clinics and GPs approved by the company, and refuse to cover urgent care or ER visits unless you're having a heart attack or have just sliced off a hand using a power tool.

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