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Nzoner
11-17-2011, 01:45 PM
Had to take Mrs Nzoner to see a new surgeon this morning(for her RA) at 10:15.At 11:15 my phone rings and it the mrs' ringtone and I think wth?So I answer and she says,"I'm still in the room and no one has been in so if you want to...yadda yadda"

What the hell gives these guys the right to stack appointments like this and cut into people's days and business lives etc. like theirs is the only time that matters.Yeah,I know if you're sick you really have no choice but c'mon docs have a little compassion for people's time you greedy focks. :mad:

MahiMike
11-17-2011, 01:49 PM
Become a drug rep. You'll get right in.

ottawa_chiefs_fan
11-17-2011, 02:14 PM
they are trained to be arrogant fucks from day 1.

Claremonster
11-17-2011, 02:29 PM
"I'm still in the room and no one has been in so if you want to...yadda yadda"

I think this area needs more detail.

:bolt:

Amnorix
11-17-2011, 02:30 PM
I have no idea what it is, but it's BEYOND annoying. Nobody else makes you wait on them like doctors. It's very aggravating. One of my partners -- not a patient man -- once told his doctor he would send him a bill for his time for having made him wait too long. ROFL

Nzoner
11-17-2011, 02:35 PM
I think this area needs more detail.

:bolt:

Unfortunately it doesn't come close to a Penthouse Letter

Rain Man
11-17-2011, 02:35 PM
This is why you should always go to the emergency room screaming in pain.

fan4ever
11-17-2011, 02:52 PM
I have a doctor who actually gets it; apologizes even if he's only 15 minutes late or so...says "I know your time is of value too..." 'Bout fell off the examining table the first time he said that.

KCUnited
11-17-2011, 03:00 PM
I know nothing gets me motivated to get on my horse than a butthole that needs probed or a festering wound on the obese elderly waiting in the next room.

bluehawkdoc
11-17-2011, 03:03 PM
they are trained to be arrogant ****s from day 1.

Really? What med school did you go to? There are arrogant people in all occupations and walks of life. Try not to paint with such a broad stroke.

milkman
11-17-2011, 03:17 PM
My wife always schedules the last appointment of the day, then always shows up late.

Really cuts down on lost time.

Bump
11-17-2011, 03:20 PM
they have you by the balls, 99% of them are only in it for the money. They love bankrupting people too, or that's hospitals I guess. But DR's stack appointments because the more people they see, the more money. They could give a shit about your problems or time.

Stewie
11-17-2011, 03:52 PM
Specialists are the worst. My GP is great. No more than a couple of minutes wait. I was the first appointment for the day at an ear/nose/throat guy and waited 15 minutes for him to show up in the room. WTF? Was the pRon site slow?

Los Pollos Hermanos
11-17-2011, 03:56 PM
Specialists are the worst. My GP is great. No more than a couple of minutes wait. I was the first appointment for the day at an ear/nose/throat guy and waited 15 minutes for him to show up in the room. WTF? Was the pRon site slow?

My experience with specialists has always been better than with GP's because they don't have to work in two dozen people with the sniffles.

Stewie
11-17-2011, 03:59 PM
My experience with specialists has always been better than with GP's because they don't have to work in two dozen people with the sniffles.

I guess it depends on the office. Where I go the minor stuff (sniffles) are handled by the nurse practitioner.

Los Pollos Hermanos
11-17-2011, 04:02 PM
I guess it depends on the office. Where I go the minor stuff (sniffles) are handled by the nurse practitioner.

We take my daughter to a pediatric neurologist for her epilepsy. We never wait when we get there. But it took 6 months to get our initial appointment.

bluehawkdoc
11-17-2011, 04:06 PM
they have you by the balls, 99% of them are only in it for the money. They love bankrupting people too, or that's hospitals I guess. But DR's stack appointments because the more people they see, the more money. They could give a shit about your problems or time.

What do you do for a living? I'm sure your time at work is spent for the common good of the citizens and your wages are just a side note to the joy you take from doing your job. Look, you don't know anything about a physician's motivation for doing his/her job unless you are one (same goes for any other career). As a family doc, my wages are dictated by insurance companies and medicare. If I was motivated by $$$, I would have gone into business. I have multiple friends from high school that make more than I do. I have a family to support and bills to pay just like you do. How much did your training cost you? Med school cost me close to $150K and 7 years of my life including residency. I try to treat my patients the way I would want my wife, kids and parents to be cared for. Emergencies of physical and emotional health occur in my office everyday. If someone needs more of my time, I give it to them. The vast majority of my patients understand that I will give the same time to them if they ever need it. Sometimes I run late but medicine can be unpredictable... Patients with your attitude are welcome to go find someone else...addition by subtraction.

Bump
11-17-2011, 04:09 PM
What do you do for a living? I'm sure your time at work is spent for the common good of the citizens and your wages are just a side note to the joy you take from doing your job. Look, you don't know anything about a physician's motivation for doing his/her job unless you are one (same goes for any other career). As a family doc, my wages are dictated by insurance companies and medicare. If I was motivated by $$$, I would have gone into business. I have multiple friends from high school that make more than I do. I have a family to support and bills to pay just like you do. How much did your training cost you? Med school cost me close to $150K and 7 years of my life including residency. I try to treat my patients the way I would want my wife, kids and parents to be cared for. Emergencies of physical and emotional health occur in my office everyday. If someone needs more of my time, I give it to them. The vast majority of my patients understand that I will give the same time to them if they ever need it. Sometimes I run late but medicine can be unpredictable... Patients with your attitude are welcome to go find someone else...addition by subtraction.

all I know is that healthcare is the #1 cause for bankruptcy and CEO's are living LARGE because of it. It's an evil business and I hope that karma comes back for you greedy fucks.

Donger
11-17-2011, 04:11 PM
What do you do for a living? I'm sure your time at work is spent for the common good of the citizens and your wages are just a side note to the joy you take from doing your job. Look, you don't know anything about a physician's motivation for doing his/her job unless you are one (same goes for any other career). As a family doc, my wages are dictated by insurance companies and medicare. If I was motivated by $$$, I would have gone into business. I have multiple friends from high school that make more than I do. I have a family to support and bills to pay just like you do. How much did your training cost you? Med school cost me close to $150K and 7 years of my life including residency. I try to treat my patients the way I would want my wife, kids and parents to be cared for. Emergencies of physical and emotional health occur in my office everyday. If someone needs more of my time, I give it to them. The vast majority of my patients understand that I will give the same time to them if they ever need it. Sometimes I run late but medicine can be unpredictable... Patients with your attitude are welcome to go find someone else...addition by subtraction.

And, look who shows up late.

patteeu
11-17-2011, 04:23 PM
Really? What med school did you go to? There are arrogant people in all occupations and walks of life. Try not to paint with such a broad stroke.

Come on, man. I know there are a lot of great guys in the medical profession and I'm sure they aren't really trained to be that way, but on average surgeons are way more arrogant than people in other walks of life. Politicians may give them a run for their money though.

I'm not even saying it's a bad thing. Self confidence (the wellspring of arrogance) is almost a necessity if you spend your days (and nights) balancing life and death on the edge of a scalpel.

|Zach|
11-17-2011, 04:25 PM
Being a doctor would be tough. I will say that.

patteeu
11-17-2011, 04:27 PM
they have you by the balls, 99% of them are only in it for the money. They love bankrupting people too, or that's hospitals I guess. But DR's stack appointments because the more people they see, the more money. They could give a shit about your problems or time.

You were good at grammar. You should have stuck with that.

patteeu
11-17-2011, 04:28 PM
I'm disappointed that tooge hasn't joined this thread.

Gary
11-17-2011, 04:34 PM
What do you do for a living? I'm sure your time at work is spent for the common good of the citizens and your wages are just a side note to the joy you take from doing your job. Look, you don't know anything about a physician's motivation for doing his/her job unless you are one (same goes for any other career). As a family doc, my wages are dictated by insurance companies and medicare. If I was motivated by $$$, I would have gone into business. I have multiple friends from high school that make more than I do. I have a family to support and bills to pay just like you do. How much did your training cost you? Med school cost me close to $150K and 7 years of my life including residency. I try to treat my patients the way I would want my wife, kids and parents to be cared for. Emergencies of physical and emotional health occur in my office everyday. If someone needs more of my time, I give it to them. The vast majority of my patients understand that I will give the same time to them if they ever need it. Sometimes I run late but medicine can be unpredictable... Patients with your attitude are welcome to go find someone else...addition by subtraction.

With doctor's running consistently late almost every day, why not schedule accordingly (increase the length of each time slot) for that unpredictability? It seems like in any other profession that would be an educated solution to the problem.

Extra Point
11-17-2011, 04:38 PM
What do you do for a living? I'm sure your time at work is spent for the common good of the citizens and your wages are just a side note to the joy you take from doing your job. Look, you don't know anything about a physician's motivation for doing his/her job unless you are one (same goes for any other career). As a family doc, my wages are dictated by insurance companies and medicare. If I was motivated by $$$, I would have gone into business. I have multiple friends from high school that make more than I do. I have a family to support and bills to pay just like you do. How much did your training cost you? Med school cost me close to $150K and 7 years of my life including residency. I try to treat my patients the way I would want my wife, kids and parents to be cared for. Emergencies of physical and emotional health occur in my office everyday. If someone needs more of my time, I give it to them. The vast majority of my patients understand that I will give the same time to them if they ever need it. Sometimes I run late but medicine can be unpredictable... Patients with your attitude are welcome to go find someone else...addition by subtraction.

Until you walk in this guy's shoes, seeing that you have to file with the feds, then, open the game for insurance companies to run a propane torch up your ass, you don't have much of an argument.

It's the insurance game of investment "growth," that makes the system costs expand, exponentially.

If you don't get it, you unfortunately will.

LiveSteam
11-17-2011, 04:41 PM
1 DR for every 1000 peeps

Calcountry
11-17-2011, 04:50 PM
With doctor's running consistently late almost every day, why not schedule accordingly (increase the length of each time slot) for that unpredictability? It seems like in any other profession that would be an educated solution to the problem.What happens when people cancel??

Perhaps they overbook, kind of like airlines do. Not saying it is right or wrong, but, just saying.

Oh, and, if Obamacare isn't repealed, then you are going to see a whole lot less people willing to spend 7 years and residency to accept what the government says they OUGHT to be paid. They will just say fug it, I can do something else, or somewhere else if they are good enough, like, Brazil maybe. The rich can afford to fly there to be seen.

Thanks Hussein, I always knew you would change things.

-King-
11-17-2011, 05:06 PM
What happens when people cancel??

Perhaps they overbook, kind of like airlines do. Not saying it is right or wrong, but, just saying.

Oh, and, if Obamacare isn't repealed, then you are going to see a whole lot less people willing to spend 7 years and residency to accept what the government says they OUGHT to be paid. They will just say fug it, I can do something else, or somewhere else if they are good enough, like, Brazil maybe. The rich can afford to fly there to be seen.

Thanks Hussein, I always knew you would change things.
:)

Why can't some people stay in DC where their kind belong?
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Gary
11-17-2011, 05:18 PM
What happens when people cancel??

Perhaps they overbook, kind of like airlines do. Not saying it is right or wrong, but, just saying.

Oh, and, if Obamacare isn't repealed, then you are going to see a whole lot less people willing to spend 7 years and residency to accept what the government says they OUGHT to be paid. They will just say fug it, I can do something else, or somewhere else if they are good enough, like, Brazil maybe. The rich can afford to fly there to be seen.

Thanks Hussein, I always knew you would change things.

Regarding people canceling vs. running late, I guess it comes down to what which one is the norm and which one is the exception.

bevischief
11-17-2011, 06:06 PM
This is why you should always go to the emergency room screaming in pain.

Good luck with that... My wife has had to wait for hours and she was in pain. Chest pain, pregnancies, and kids go first, and maybe burn patients.

bevischief
11-17-2011, 06:10 PM
What do you do for a living? I'm sure your time at work is spent for the common good of the citizens and your wages are just a side note to the joy you take from doing your job. Look, you don't know anything about a physician's motivation for doing his/her job unless you are one (same goes for any other career). As a family doc, my wages are dictated by insurance companies and medicare. If I was motivated by $$$, I would have gone into business. I have multiple friends from high school that make more than I do. I have a family to support and bills to pay just like you do. How much did your training cost you? Med school cost me close to $150K and 7 years of my life including residency. I try to treat my patients the way I would want my wife, kids and parents to be cared for. Emergencies of physical and emotional health occur in my office everyday. If someone needs more of my time, I give it to them. The vast majority of my patients understand that I will give the same time to them if they ever need it. Sometimes I run late but medicine can be unpredictable... Patients with your attitude are welcome to go find someone else...addition by subtraction.

What is your specialty? No names, if you want to PM names that is fine.

DenverDanChiefsFan
11-17-2011, 06:11 PM
This is why you should always go to the emergency room screaming in pain.Or tell them your blood pressure is 190/120 and you have a major headache. They got me in to see a doctor in less than 5 minutes.

Start Croyle
11-17-2011, 06:13 PM
One thing no one has mentioned is that the amount of paperwork that a doctor must fill out for each patient is INSANE! It has risen greatly over the years with more mandates and more bureaucracy! They have to fill out pages and pages of papers for every patient they see! The worst is if they are on medicare or medicaid!

Goldmember
11-17-2011, 06:22 PM
I had a doctor make me wait an hour in the waiting room and then another 45 minutes in the patient room. So I got on the intercom and asked if anyone was going to see me. The nurse said, "Who is this!!?? You are not allowed to use that, it's for the doctors only!!" I replied back and said, "if you see a doctor, send him my way because I've been waiting for a long time!". They weren't too happy with me, but this was the 2nd time they did this to me.

Guru
11-17-2011, 06:26 PM
Hell, I tried scheduling the first appointment of the day and still had to wait even though I was the first one there. Doc was late getting in.

DenverDanChiefsFan
11-17-2011, 06:29 PM
I do have to say, I have had a bunch of medical problems this year between high blood pressure, alergist giving me the wrong person's shot and 2 spinal fusion surgeries.
All of my doctors/surgeons have been great. My GP always gets me in and seen in a very reasonable amount of time. The surgeon was almost on time, the only time he was running late, they called to let me know and to see if I could come in later in the day. They stayed late to see me.

bevischief
11-17-2011, 06:41 PM
That is why I am always the first one of day for any surgeries I don't care if I have too wait. I only go to a doctor if I can't fix myself and I chose my doctors the same way if they fuck around I go find another one. My doctor knows this.

Dayze
11-17-2011, 07:21 PM
I can only recall one visit where I waited a ridiculous amount of time; like over an hour.

I just got up and left. I told the receptionist to take my name off and said "I'm just going to go home, and be sick there, instead of here. I can lay in bed at home".


then again, I haven't been to a doctor in probably 8 years.

Cephalic Trauma
11-17-2011, 08:10 PM
they have you by the balls, 99% of them are only in it for the money. They love bankrupting people too, or that's hospitals I guess. But DR's stack appointments because the more people they see, the more money. They could give a shit about your problems or time.

Easily one of the most ignorant statements of all time. Keep living in your delusional world while those "99%" who are "in it for the money" will go to 4 years of undergrad (loans), 4 years of med school (loans), and spend 3-7 years in a residency program (80 hr. weeks, pay that comes out to be minimum wage when the hours are taken into account). Yeah, they don't earn their money. Please.

Cephalic Trauma
11-17-2011, 08:17 PM
What is your specialty? No names, if you want to PM names that is fine.

He's a family doc. Basically, he's the your primary care physician who will refer you to a specialist if need be.

Cephalic Trauma
11-17-2011, 08:19 PM
Hell, I tried scheduling the first appointment of the day and still had to wait even though I was the first one there. Doc was late getting in.

I agree here. That is unacceptable.

SNR
11-17-2011, 08:23 PM
they have you by the balls, 99% of them are only in it for the money. They love bankrupting people too, or that's hospitals I guess. But DR's stack appointments because the more people they see, the more money. They could give a shit about your problems or time.OCCUPY HOSPITALS!

big nasty kcnut
11-17-2011, 08:43 PM
The dr. my lawyer sent me was pretty nice looking for a older lady wearing a short skirt and didn't care i was accidentally touching her leg with my foot.

RJ
11-17-2011, 09:49 PM
I recently walked out of an "appointment" after sitting in an exam room for about 45 minutes. The receptionist asked if I wanted to reschedule, I told her no, I'd be finding another doctor. She didn't much seem to care.

88TG88
11-17-2011, 10:05 PM
I do have to say, I have had a bunch of medical problems this year between high blood pressure, alergist giving me the wrong person's shot and 2 spinal fusion surgeries.
All of my doctors/surgeons have been great. My GP always gets me in and seen in a very reasonable amount of time. The surgeon was almost on time, the only time he was running late, they called to let me know and to see if I could come in later in the day. They stayed late to see me.

Me too, never had a bad experience with my usual doctors.

I got into some serious stuff a few months ago and had to go to a county hospital. That place was gawd awful. I told them to shove it and walked out after so many hours.

ottawa_chiefs_fan
11-18-2011, 04:37 AM
Really? What med school did you go to? There are arrogant people in all occupations and walks of life. Try not to paint with such a broad stroke.

my wife is a nurse - trust me when i say i have a large sample size.

bluehawkdoc
11-18-2011, 04:53 PM
In my opinion, nurses deserve a ton of respect. Your wife's job in the hospital setting is much more difficult than mine. I spend a short amount of time with patient, write orders and leave. She then has to carry out the orders, spending the rest of her shift caring for the patient & dealing with the family. Most nurses are spread way too thin with unrealistically high patient loads and little appreciation for all they do. Granted, some physicians are arrogant but not all of us.

bevischief
11-18-2011, 05:03 PM
In my opinion, nurses deserve a ton of respect. Your wife's job in the hospital setting is much more difficult than mine. I spend a short amount of time with patient, write orders and leave. She then has to carry out the orders, spending the rest of her shift caring for the patient & dealing with the family. Most nurses are spread way too thin with unrealistically high patient loads and little appreciation for all they do. Granted, some physicians are arrogant but not all of us.

I don't have any problems with nurses, except those with cold hands. No really they do a great job.

JASONSAUTO
11-18-2011, 05:07 PM
We deal with doctors quite often, probably more than most here, and can honestly say that most seem to be assholes. And get worse the older they get...

And they over book because of the assholes that make appointments and dont show, that room should make x amount of dollars a day and if people dont show it won't make it
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OnTheWarpath58
11-18-2011, 05:15 PM
Man, I must be pretty lucky.

I have a GP and a dentist I see regularly, and a knee surgeon and spine doc I've seen a lot of over the last 3 years.

I rarely if ever have had to wait, and they are all super fucking nice.

JASONSAUTO
11-18-2011, 05:18 PM
Man, I must be pretty lucky.

I have a GP and a dentist I see regularly, and a knee surgeon and spine doc I've seen a lot of over the last 3 years.

I rarely if ever have had to wait, and they are all super fucking nice.

Yep you are lucky. We have a hard time even getting an email back sometimes, but with our daughters condition it's hard to switch doctors... We have and might be again but it's a REAL pita
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memyselfI
11-18-2011, 05:47 PM
Turnabout is not fair play here. Try being an hour late to an appt. No go. Your appointment will have been canceled after 15 minutes of being late and you will be charged full price. The insurance company won't cover missed appts. Really is a racket they've got going.

PGM
11-18-2011, 05:54 PM
The dr. my lawyer sent me was pretty nice looking for a older lady wearing a short skirt and didn't care i was accidentally touching her leg with my foot.

Shoulda busted a nut on that cougar

bevischief
11-18-2011, 05:55 PM
Man, I must be pretty lucky.

I have a GP and a dentist I see regularly, and a knee surgeon and spine doc I've seen a lot of over the last 3 years.

I rarely if ever have had to wait, and they are all super ****ing nice.

Must have good insurance...

shirtsleeve
11-18-2011, 06:24 PM
I do know that the seriousness of the problem with the patient has a direct bearing on how fast the patient is seen. I had a serious medical issue a few years back. Very serious. Well, I had what is known as a sinkable episode at home and the doc told me to go to the er and get admitted from there. I walked in, past people with serious cough issues, one guy who had a wrapped stump of a finger (or thats what it looked like through the wrap) and others with assorted issues, including sick kids. I thought I would wait forever. I go up and check in and they take me straight in and back without hesitation. I asked why the special treatment, and I was told I was probably the sickest patient in the entire hospital that day.

Its not just when you get there, but what is wrong with others being seen.

BossChief
11-18-2011, 06:58 PM
Must have good insurance...

this

I recently dropped my insurance (4 months ago, to be more accurate) and whenever I had to go to the hospital while covered I would get the best of service and people were always nice.

About 2 months ago I almost cut the end of my index finger off and went to the Hospital.

They had me fill out 3 forms and the moment they found out I didnt have any insurance, they flat out told me they would only treat me if I literally was treated as a cash account and that I would have to pay before they treated me (this was in north east Iowa at Mercy)..they told me the only way I could get treated without it being treated as a cash account was if I walked over to the emergency room.

This whole process took well over an hour and they wouldnt even bring me a towel or even some paper towels to help stop it from bleeding so badly. They literally told me to go to the bathroom and get some toilet paper.

I did as they said and left and walked 10 minutes to the ER doors.

They had me fill out 3 similar forms, even though I told them I had already filled them out in the other area of the hospital.

After I filled them out, they had a nurse come over and ask me what insurance company I had...when I said I didnt have any, but that I would pay installments for whatever was needed, she got an attitude with me and walked away.

I am literally one of the nicest guys you could meet and even I wanted to tell her where to stick it.

They brought me some paper towels and I sat in the waiting room for about 40 minutes before they brought me into a room that I sat in for another 30 minutes.

The nurse with the attitude came in and said (very rudely) come here, we need to get some xrays. We got them done and went back to the room I was in before ad she had me soak my finger in some brownish fluid til the doctor came in.

Total time someone spent with me at this point (not counting waiting, just when someone was helping me) was no more than 10 minutes.

After about 20-30 minutes a doctor comes in and in less than 10-15 minutes he injects me twice with some numbing agent and puts a couple stitches in my finger (he stitched it up unevenly...not even properly lined up.) and is gone before I know it...wouldnt even try to redo it even after I point out to him how it was done unevenly and he just said it was fine and left.

Total time in the hospital was about 3-4 hours and total time I was actually treated was less than 30 minutes (that's probably being generous)

Less than a week later, I get a bill from the hospital for almost 1500 dollars and a separate bill for the xrays for another 100.

Now, I know its my fault for not having coverage, but geez...just because you are gonna be getting paid in payments for your outrageously priced service shouldnt give you the right to act like you dont give two shits about the patient.

1600 for a half hour worth of treatment seems wayyy beyond rational cost for such services.

JD10367
11-18-2011, 08:58 PM
On the evening of Memorial Day 2001, while in work I noticed that there was a darkening going on in the right side of my right eye. Over the course of the next couple of hours, I realized I was losing vision.

Around 11pm I ended my night's work and drove to the emergency room. Where I proceeded to sit, almost all night. Watching my vision slowly deteriorate, even though I explained to them that I was literally going blind in front of them.

By the time it got to around 5:00am, they finally took a look at me. By that time, I'd lost almost all vision in the eye, save for a small corner in the upper left. The doctor shined a penlight in the eye and said, "Yup, your retina detached, go see this guy in the morning," and gave me an address. I left.

I went home, showered, drove through McDonald's, and went to the office he wrote down for me. They operated immediately and, thanks to a great retinal surgeon, saved the eye.

Not too long afterwards, I got a bill for the emergency room visit. $75 for the honor of almost blinding me. I didn't get a pillow, or even an aspirin; I literally sat there for hours, and had a guy shine a light in my eye. But I figured, fine, everyone wants their pound of copay flesh, so I ate shit and sent them $75.

About a month later, I got a second bill for $75. I wrote them a very nice letter complimenting them on their medical practice. And told them where they could stick their second request for more money.

To this day, I tell my wife, "If I get hit by a car in front of that hospital, insist they drive me the 15 miles to the other hospital."

bluehawkdoc
11-18-2011, 09:11 PM
Wow, all I can say is...I'm sorry. Having insurance or not, you were a person in need of care and you deserved better, period. If your account of this event is accurate (I have no reason to believe otherwise), you deserve to have your bill waived, an apology from the CEO of the hospital and the severe reprimand and/or firing of both the nurse and doctor you had the misfortune of dealing with. To treat a patient differently based on their insurance, or lack there of, is inexcusable and reprehensible. Your ability to pay, or not, doesn't affect that nurse or doc salary-wise one iota. They should be ashamed of themselves.

GloryDayz
11-18-2011, 09:28 PM
Now if they hired folks to give free back-rubs to everybody in the waiting room, most of this would be a non-issue... Perhaps a free buffet and cocktails.... Folks might even be nice and let folks go ahead of them.

Bump
11-18-2011, 09:33 PM
this

I recently dropped my insurance (4 months ago, to be more accurate) and whenever I had to go to the hospital while covered I would get the best of service and people were always nice.

About 2 months ago I almost cut the end of my index finger off and went to the Hospital.

They had me fill out 3 forms and the moment they found out I didnt have any insurance, they flat out told me they would only treat me if I literally was treated as a cash account and that I would have to pay before they treated me (this was in north east Iowa at Mercy)..they told me the only way I could get treated without it being treated as a cash account was if I walked over to the emergency room.

This whole process took well over an hour and they wouldnt even bring me a towel or even some paper towels to help stop it from bleeding so badly. They literally told me to go to the bathroom and get some toilet paper.

I did as they said and left and walked 10 minutes to the ER doors.

They had me fill out 3 similar forms, even though I told them I had already filled them out in the other area of the hospital.

After I filled them out, they had a nurse come over and ask me what insurance company I had...when I said I didnt have any, but that I would pay installments for whatever was needed, she got an attitude with me and walked away.

I am literally one of the nicest guys you could meet and even I wanted to tell her where to stick it.

They brought me some paper towels and I sat in the waiting room for about 40 minutes before they brought me into a room that I sat in for another 30 minutes.

The nurse with the attitude came in and said (very rudely) come here, we need to get some xrays. We got them done and went back to the room I was in before ad she had me soak my finger in some brownish fluid til the doctor came in.

Total time someone spent with me at this point (not counting waiting, just when someone was helping me) was no more than 10 minutes.

After about 20-30 minutes a doctor comes in and in less than 10-15 minutes he injects me twice with some numbing agent and puts a couple stitches in my finger (he stitched it up unevenly...not even properly lined up.) and is gone before I know it...wouldnt even try to redo it even after I point out to him how it was done unevenly and he just said it was fine and left.

Total time in the hospital was about 3-4 hours and total time I was actually treated was less than 30 minutes (that's probably being generous)

Less than a week later, I get a bill from the hospital for almost 1500 dollars and a separate bill for the xrays for another 100.

Now, I know its my fault for not having coverage, but geez...just because you are gonna be getting paid in payments for your outrageously priced service shouldnt give you the right to act like you dont give two shits about the patient.

1600 for a half hour worth of treatment seems wayyy beyond rational cost for such services.

typical. Money is the only thing that matters to them, nothing else. We have no rights once we enter a hospital. It's the most evil business in the world and something needs to be done about it.

BossChief
11-18-2011, 10:03 PM
typical. Money is the only thing that matters to them, nothing else. We have no rights once we enter a hospital. It's the most evil business in the world and something needs to be done about it.

I'm sure that's not indicative of MOST of the people in the medical field.

I was strictly giving my personal experience that I'm sure was out of the ordinary.

I liken people in the medical field with teachers, vets and general humanitarians that got into those fields to make a difference.

It just sucks to know that if you don't have coverage, you shouldn't go to the doctor unless its absolutely necessary and that's a shame.

patteeu
11-18-2011, 10:30 PM
typical. Money is the only thing that matters to them, nothing else. We have no rights once we enter a hospital. It's the most evil business in the world and something needs to be done about it.

:facepalm:

KILLER_CLOWN
11-18-2011, 11:58 PM
The only thing worse than a late doctor is a prompt coroner.

mdchiefsfan
11-19-2011, 12:36 AM
I have no idea what it is, but it's BEYOND annoying. Nobody else makes you wait on them like doctors. It's very aggravating. One of my partners -- not a patient man -- once told his doctor he would send him a bill for his time for having made him wait too long. ROFL

Haven't read past this, but cable men do.

Bugeater
11-19-2011, 01:58 AM
typical. Money is the only thing that matters to them, nothing else. We have no rights once we enter a hospital. It's the most evil business in the world and something needs to be done about it.
The banking industry says hello.

Setsuna
11-19-2011, 05:05 AM
With a certain someone's healthcare plan, an hour will be quick compared to what it will be.

patteeu
11-19-2011, 05:56 AM
The only thing worse than a late doctor is a prompt coroner.

:LOL:

PGM
11-19-2011, 06:36 AM
this

I recently dropped my insurance (4 months ago, to be more accurate) and whenever I had to go to the hospital while covered I would get the best of service and people were always nice.

About 2 months ago I almost cut the end of my index finger off and went to the Hospital.

They had me fill out 3 forms and the moment they found out I didnt have any insurance, they flat out told me they would only treat me if I literally was treated as a cash account and that I would have to pay before they treated me (this was in north east Iowa at Mercy)..they told me the only way I could get treated without it being treated as a cash account was if I walked over to the emergency room.

This whole process took well over an hour and they wouldnt even bring me a towel or even some paper towels to help stop it from bleeding so badly. They literally told me to go to the bathroom and get some toilet paper.

I did as they said and left and walked 10 minutes to the ER doors.

They had me fill out 3 similar forms, even though I told them I had already filled them out in the other area of the hospital.

After I filled them out, they had a nurse come over and ask me what insurance company I had...when I said I didnt have any, but that I would pay installments for whatever was needed, she got an attitude with me and walked away.

I am literally one of the nicest guys you could meet and even I wanted to tell her where to stick it.

They brought me some paper towels and I sat in the waiting room for about 40 minutes before they brought me into a room that I sat in for another 30 minutes.

The nurse with the attitude came in and said (very rudely) come here, we need to get some xrays. We got them done and went back to the room I was in before ad she had me soak my finger in some brownish fluid til the doctor came in.

Total time someone spent with me at this point (not counting waiting, just when someone was helping me) was no more than 10 minutes.

After about 20-30 minutes a doctor comes in and in less than 10-15 minutes he injects me twice with some numbing agent and puts a couple stitches in my finger (he stitched it up unevenly...not even properly lined up.) and is gone before I know it...wouldnt even try to redo it even after I point out to him how it was done unevenly and he just said it was fine and left.

Total time in the hospital was about 3-4 hours and total time I was actually treated was less than 30 minutes (that's probably being generous)

Less than a week later, I get a bill from the hospital for almost 1500 dollars and a separate bill for the xrays for another 100.

Now, I know its my fault for not having coverage, but geez...just because you are gonna be getting paid in payments for your outrageously priced service shouldnt give you the right to act like you dont give two shits about the patient.

1600 for a half hour worth of treatment seems wayyy beyond rational cost for such services.

Yep, the entire system is a fucking joke.

Calcountry
11-19-2011, 03:08 PM
:)

Why can't some people stay in DC where their kind belong?
Posted via Mobile DeviceWhy can't dumb dicks like you start politically oriented threads in DC, where they belong, instead of out here?

Health care is the mother of all political issues because the government took it over. Sorry, but the truth sucks for you.

bevischief
11-19-2011, 03:09 PM
The only thing worse than a late doctor is a prompt coroner.

Cold hands...

Calcountry
11-21-2011, 11:23 AM
Cold hands...Dirty heart.... Can't win.