Apr 5, 2012

Visit to the Doctor's Office..

A doctor who cannot take a good history and a patient who cannot give one are in danger of giving and receiving bad treatment....

My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more..

waiting to be called into the "room"

Going to the doctor just for a regular check up has become quite an ordeal lately.  A few days ago, I visited my doctor just for a yearly check up, but before I even got into the "room" there were hundreds of questions that needed to be answered and piles of paperwork to be filled out.  You have to go at least 30 to 45 minutes ahead of your appointment time.  That's OK.

So maybe I am not the most patient of persons, at least that is what Arvid keeps telling me all the time.  I know that going to the doctor involves a process and like everyone else I know there is nothing you can do about it, but when the questions become irrelevant that sure get me a bit annoyed.

For instance, what difference does it make where I was born or if I have a fear of falling or if I use an assisted device?  All I am having is a mammogram for Pete's sake.  To the assisted device question I told the girl that the only assisted device I have is Arvid.  She looked at me and said "what is an Arvid?"

Another thing that really bothers me is that we have health insurance yet it seems like as if just because of that I get charged even more.  I don't understand the health care system.  Seems like if I don't have insurance my out of pocket money is much less. 

 Example, I need to take another test.  My insurance does not cover it because our deductible is way too high.  The doctor's office gave me a quote of over $3500 for the test.  Of course I'm outraged.  I then decided to shop around a little on my own and what would you know?  I found out I can have the exact same procedure done for half the price.

For this next test I was again submitted to hundreds of addition questions, but this time the girl said to me "the questions are pertinent" and they were.  I am really happy that we are relatively healthy, we actually have health insurance (although we seem to always have to pay out of pocket) and that even though I gripe about a few things I know that we are much more fortunate than many who have no health insurance and unfortunately have lots more of health issues to cope with.

A day does not go by without me realizing how much I have to be thankful for.  

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough..

The patient does not care about your science; what he wants to know is, can you cure him...