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?