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YZ

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My day at the Doctor
« on: January 18, 2011, 05:56:13 pm »

Ok, I had this appointment with an endocrinologist - gotta lose some acquired mass and don't want to do it without a Doc - and in my printed appt sheet it said: "appointment at 11:30, please come in by 11:00".

So there I was at 11:05 at the clinic and there were a bunch of people waiting; the receptionist was  s l o w  so by the time she had my papers in order to hand them to the Doc it was already 11:25 and I was a bit concerned with delays, which only got worse when I peeked over the counter and saw that she had clipped a little card to my folder saying "11:35"...

By 11:30 I was upstairs in her waiting room (better said waiting hallway) and was in by 11:42.

We chatted a bit about what happened since my last visit about 45 days ago, how I was feeling with the medication, etc; she filled new prescriptions for my meds and as she did that I asked about a new appointment with the orthopedist, because the appt I had last week was with a 'stand-in' Doc in place of my regular guy who was in vacations and I didn't like the new guy at all... besides, I needed him to 'renew' the physical therapy and acupuncture sessions, I had already used them all up; when I said that she handed me a folder about some alternative medicine (chinese traditional, etc) that were available.

She gave me two forms to be presented at the front desk of the clinic, one for the new appt with the ortho and one for my return with her in 60 days, along with the prescriptions.

I told her that the ortho had asked me for an MRI of my lower back, and the exam showed something in my kidneys; I know that an MRI is not the best thing for kidney stuff so she gave me another form, a request for an ultrasound exam.

I thanked her, said goodbye and went upstairs to the exam scheduling room to pick a number...  mine was 142, the queue was on 131 so I figured I had time to go down and back to the pharmacy to pick a number for the meds line; on my way back I stopped by the front desk to pick a number for the new appointments and went back two floors up to the exam scheduling.

Man, that line was going slow...  at least we were seated. After a while I went downstairs to check the med line, I was one number behind so in a couple of minutes I had my meds, went around front and was 3 numbers behind so I sat there and got my new appointments in some 15 minutes, went back up and the line was at # 139.

I finally got everything sorted out by 1 PM and was on my way back home.

Of course, I could only get the appt with the ortho for 5 weeks later since I insisted on the same good Doc and he was vacationing, besides mine wasn't an urgent case.

All of the above for free: meds, MRI, appointments, ultrasound, acupuncture, phys therapy, yoga, meditation etc and I even grabbed some free condoms on the way out of the state clinic here in S
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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 06:08:42 pm »

YZ wrote on Tue, 18 January 2011 14:56



All of the above for free: meds, MRI, appointments, ultrasound, acupuncture, phys therapy, yoga, meditation etc and I even grabbed some free condoms on the way out of the state clinic here in S
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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 07:40:48 pm »

It's not really free. Someone is paying for it, no?
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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2011, 08:06:56 pm »

Gio wrote on Tue, 18 January 2011 22:40

It's not really free. Someone is paying for it, no?


Oh yes. When I was someone else's employee, part of my salary was discounted towards the state medical and welfare systems, and my employers also had to pay their part on top of that.

Now I am self-employed and I do, by my own choice, pay a monthly contribution towards our social security system (which includes health care).

Any deficits at the health care side are covered in the federal, state and municipal budgets; health care is considered here as one of the basic services that the government has to provide.
Now, before anyone thinks that we achieved perfection...  no, the system is far from perfect and in several locations of the country it is actually a very poor service.

But here where I live it works, so I use it.

PS: in several locations in my city, the state provides free and open yoga, meditation, liam-gong classes/sessions (and other similar alternative medicine stuff) because those have been proved to reduce stress and prevent other ailments that cost much more to treat later on.
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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2011, 03:49:04 am »

YZ wrote on Wed, 19 January 2011 01:06

PS: in several locations in my city, the state provides free and open yoga, meditation, liam-gong classes/sessions (and other similar alternative medicine stuff) because those have been proved to reduce stress and prevent other ailments that cost much more to treat later on.




It is possible to be both progressive and economical.


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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2011, 11:13:29 am »

Something on your kidneys? Are you ok?
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2011, 05:53:07 pm »

The MRI was for my spine, but the report mentioned bi-lateral kidney cysts after listing all the stuff about my spine; I know that kidney cysts appear as we grow old, but I also know that an MRI is not the best exam for that sort of thing so why not ask the Doctor for a better-suited exam just to make sure it isn't anything of importance?

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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 08:17:38 pm »

The police, fire, and road management are all non-profit here, I dont understand why medical treatment cant be the same!!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011, 12:53:36 am »

Because the development of most modern treatment is funded by America. Without that, there is the alternative.. the alternative to new technology... none.

If you are sick, you are treated. I still fail to see the big problem, but I guess it's because I don't own a congressman.

This pre-existing condition thing has me thinking I should let my car insurance lapse, and then get new insurance that doesn't discriminate against pre-existing conditions.. but that isn't really insurance, that is just a sugar daddy..

"Thanks for calling GEICO! How can I help you today?"

"I wrecked my new Volt!"

"I am so sorry! Are you ok?"

"Yeah, I am fine, but it's totaled!"

"Can I get your policy number sir? We will get an agent right on that for you."

"I don't have a policy with you, yet."

You understand that, I am sure.

Do you want doctors, and medicine to feel the same pain as the record industry? Imagine illegal downloading of expensive services. What to do when the medical business goes suburban. Cancer treatment clinics in garages? Not literally, but again, an analogous pointer, no?

Imagine when the government is printing money to pay for everyone to have a boob job. Boob jobs will cost $95,000.00, everyone will have huge lopsided tits, and dollars will be worth about a penny.

It's amazingly cruel, but we weren't promised all these freebies in life. They are resources that are not at all like low fruit to be plucked by the basket.

20% of the population would have to be slaves working on a med farm.

Life is a bitch, and then we die. I haven't heard that since just before everyone lost their minds in this insane downward spiral we demanded from unqualified people.
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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2011, 01:01:58 am »

I am sorry, just to add.. I'd rather die that drain you. That isn't a mouth serving an agenda. I really would. Trust me.

I had a good run.
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2011, 01:23:06 am »

On the pre-existing condition thing:

In your example, you as a client _knew_ that your car was wrecked.

In the case of someone's health, unless he/she had already been to a doctor and had exams done, how can he know that he has, say, stage II liver cancer?

And I respectfully disagree on pretty much everything else you wrote...

One thing is plastic surgery to reconstruct the face of a burn victim, a 'breast augmentation' is something else.

And I was talking about state clinics, not private enterprises charging whatever they want for whatever procedures they wanted to perform, needed or not, actually performed or not.

A doctor from the state judging which exams, procedures, meds and stuff the patient needs; if the needed procedure is rare and not available at the public health network, then a suitable private entity is chosen to perform it, under the state's supervision.

And as happened to me if I, the patient, am not happy with the doc's decision I can go back to the queue and try another doctor.

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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2011, 02:25:25 am »

Profit from pain should not be the answer, its just wrong.  The eu/uk/ca seem to be doing just fine.  A police chief in NYC makes damn good money, specialists for the super rich will always be there.  A shot of some liquid at the right time should only be worth a syringe, a reasonable hourly wage, and the basic ingredients it is made up from.  We should not have people in Ferraris and 50 inch plasma tv's and deny people basic care.  If some one is in trouble, the cops dont consider how much money that person is worth and demand that dough on the spot before stopping a killer with a gun.   Its just plain wrong!!

why dont we charge $30 for one apple, just because "lifes a bitch man"!!!

what tiny percentage of the huge amounts of cash being spent on unneccisary foreign wars would actually just get people basic care.  I dont see people angry about that money being spent!!  But hey, as long as .007 percent of the population gets an extra summer house- its totally worth it!!! Confused


Lets deny people with bad infections basic shit because we know when that thing grows big enough, we can really charge them a bunch of cash because they will have to or die.  Hard working people who contribute so much to our world/country and dont get paid a lot for it should be blackmailed out of their life savings ,which they accumulated through HOURLY wages, just to get a basic operation!!    If you are an artist at all in life, this would be your masterpiece!???!!  Have fun with that man!!!  I'm gonna go deny a starving person food and demand an extra ordinary amount of cash for it, tell them to come up with that ransom or "else"!!  WTF?

Some one needs 15 extra rooms in their house for 2 people, while some one sharing a 1 room apartment with 5 people cant have basic anti-biotics?   whats next??  poor people cant use the sidewalk either?   some things are meant for all that only nature owns, at some point the monoply game of capitalism needs its small kinks worked out!!!  It really would not even make that much of a difference in the giant system!!!

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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2011, 02:37:35 am »

Those people who want basic care never took the things they made in factories for 50 yrs of back labor and demand they get some crazy amount for it.  No, they contribute to society and deserve better.  The toilets you crap on, the cars you drive, and everything else made by hard working people around is a fair trade contribution for basic respect and understanding!! Unappreciative greedy fuckin bastards!!!!!   Its called Dignity, not taking and taking and taking with no line or limit all based on "the rules man"!!!!!

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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2011, 06:30:49 am »

UK NHS has its issues but in the general it is pretty good.
If you have the funds, private care is available too.

I always look at it from emergency scenario.
The question of funds and insurance should be the very last concern when someone is injured in an accident. Everyone in the country will potentially require emergency health care. To spread the costs throughout society is no bad thing.

Private pharmaceutical development is big money business. Some of the principles and practices are not very caring.
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Re: My day at the Doctor
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2011, 07:52:43 am »

"The market" is a poor way to optimize healthcare.

Left to its own devices it optimizes for the profit of the vendors, that's it's natural state, and in addition without occasional shakeups you get false optimums, so it's not even perfect in that respect.

However the optimum for healthcare from a social and national economic perspective is the least amount of illness for the lowest expenditure.
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