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Disgruntled Medicine - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
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Disgruntled Medicine
When's the last time you went to the doctor, hospital, clinic, etc. and felt like you got your money's worth?

catgoddess's recent travails with "oh, you might have IBS, but you have to take all these tests so that we can still not really know" got me to thinking...

I can't remember the last time I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with any certainty. I know that medicine isn't an exact science, but for as much as we pay for it, why does it seem like it's not worth it? Often, when I go to the doctor, the doctor doesn't even actually have time for me. I just see his/her LPN, who although sometimes is more helpful than the doctor, still costs the same amount of money for a visit.

Perhaps I've just had bad experiences with the Bapitist Memorial Hospital here ($1500 for them to tell me, it coulda been a kidney stone and never relieving the pain) and the campus clinic where they hand you a Claritin and send you away. But for all the money pumped into pharmaceutical companies whose products cause side effects worse than the original ailment, I don't think I'm getting what I actually pay for anymore.

What do you think?

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From: navydave Date: January 19th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC) (link)
I think the population of doctors is too small.
And that we've corrupted the thing with litigation to the extent that they're afraid to concretely diagnose things for fear of getting it wrong and never getting to practice again because of the litigious monkey that now resides on their shoulder.
I have no evidence of any kind for this, I just feel kind of bad for them sometimes.

As for drugs with side effects worse than the ailment... I think it sort of depends what a person has and the incedence of those side effects. People aren't going to take a drug if THEY feel like it's doing them more harm than good. It might seem to you or I that it's side effects are worse... but, we're not sitting there with the options on the table to the effect of 'no drugs and definately feel amazingly shitty' vs 'drugs, and definately feel better and maybe feel moderately shitty somewhere else.'
catgoddess From: catgoddess Date: January 19th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I don't really understand why with all the doctors in the world they can't just give you some idea why you're feeling bad. Especially since you're giving them your hard earned money. I mean I kinda understand that specific doctors do specific things, but why can't they just say "I can't really help you with that. You need to go see such and such" and then send you off with your money to that doctor. Sometimes I just think it's a big scam just to get your money.
birdofparadox From: birdofparadox Date: January 19th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC) (link)
It took three doctors and four years for me to get diagnosed/receive treatment for a disorder that (untreated) may very well have seriously impaired my ability to have kids.

MAD sympathy.
From: gothicbeauty21 Date: January 19th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC) (link)
I went into the ER back in 2000 after a car wreck with a huge gash on the back of my head that they never did anything about. Hell, no one after the EMT's that loaded me into the ambulance even LOOKED at my head for the 6 HOURS I layed on the gurney. I didn't have any obvious broken bones, I wasn't in shock or coughing up blood or anything, so they left me alone until my mom could come get me.

And then I sit up and my mom starts freaking out at all the blood on the gurney, from my head wound, which by now has started to clot and it's too late to stitch it up. Mom wasn't happy at all.
catgoddess From: catgoddess Date: January 19th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC) (link)
That's pretty harsh. Damn!!!!
rhast From: rhast Date: January 19th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (link)
Heh, don't get me started on Doctors. I'm getting ready to drive down to New Orleans and shoot a kidney specialist and cardiologist that haven't bothered to look at my father-in-law that's been in the hospital for five days now after what his neurologist is pretty damn sure was a heart attack caused by kidney failure, or kidney failure caused by a heart attack, maybe a stroke somewhere in there but it's been too long to be certain. Because the only doctor taking any interest is a neurologist, he's not very sure about the heart / kidney problems. The man also hasn't eaten in five days now, and is having muscle control issues. The cardio and general practitioner want to discharge him with "It's just the flu, he'll get over it." even though the cardio doctor hasn't bothered to look for himself.

I'll modify the comment Navydave made.

The population of GOOD doctors is too small. (for the reasons previously mentioned) Everywhere you go there's an asshat looking to take your money for the minimum work required not to catch a malpractice lawsuit.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: January 19th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC) (link)
Good lord, I had no idea that Jenn's father was ill! Please be safe on your trip down, and I will be thinking about all of you.
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