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Old 06-02-2006, 05:21 PM   #21
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Yep.* If the 499 out of 500 folks that come in with symptoms indicating a cheap/quick fix get the correct treatment for $15/pop, that's a good outcome for them.* The person that is mistreated by the WM clinic is the guy that comes in with the "wolf in sheep's clothing" symptoms that end up being misdiagnosed and delay in treatment worsens his condition.*

Of course there's a good chance that guy would have "toughed it out" until he had to go to the ER anyway if he's a WM clinic patient.
There's also a good chance that his family doctor would have made the same mistake.
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Re: Dream job for doctors
Old 06-02-2006, 05:25 PM   #22
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Once you get past the vocuabulary, most of medicine is a lot like auto repair. :P
Hmmm. That might explain why my GP was mumbling under his breath about how much he disliked "...having to work on a tranny."

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What a setup.....and no I am not going to take it.
There's hope - the topic is still young.

You're right about Emergency Rooms, BTW. They have become the primary care provider of last resort. Not a pretty sight.
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A better balance between need and skill set would be to use Nurse Practioners (who in many states can write most scripts) with a longer appointment time.* The NP can take care of common illnesses/injuries and can ID potential serious situations for an MD.* For $15-$20/visit is well worth it from a public health standpoint.*

I agree that some serious conditions could be missed, but most of these folks wouldn't have sought health care until late in any case.* In those communities with this service maybe patients who are seeing an MD could get a discount if they are there as a result of NP referral (bring along a note from the NP with concerns).* Tiered care can be a financial and health life-saver.
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I was told about my doctor by a co-worker and friend. She told me how good she was and how much she cared. I live in a university town with 2 hospitals close by and many doctors much closer where my doctor's office is located. I like my doctor so much because she takes the time to listen to me and asks me questions. She will ask me what is going on in my life and she expects an answer. She knows more about my family and myself than all of my previous doctors put together. I will keep driving the distance to see her and I will wait patiently in the waiting room for her.

I would not want to be the last patient that the WM doctor sees on a Friday afternoon after seeing so many patients all week. I would be afraid of Dr. burnout by that time.

Also, I am not sure how many low income patients would go to WM and pay $15.00 vs. not paying anything at the ER. If you are truly poor, then $15.00 can be a hard hit to a very strict budget.

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You're quite right - the system is deeply broken at many, many levels. It will be challenging to maintain at least decent quality as we worm our way out of the current mess. It's not the Walmart issue here, it's the doc-in-a-box no-time-to-think-or-talk piece that concerns me.
When I was on active duty, if I was sick then I rarely saw a doctor.

I'd go to see a corpsman. Now, first you should understand that the quality of Navy medicine, while uniformly pretty good, tends to have its quality gaps. Open sick call could take a couple hours and you had to let your chain of command know that you'd be missing work, so you couldn't just fake a symptom and not show up for morning muster. After waiting an hour or two t's not unusual to get an occasional corpsman who couldn't diagnose his way out of a paper bag or who felt obligated to give you a little lecture on malingering. So you tended to take care of yourself ("Not me, I don't wanna have to explain that at sick call!") and you made sure that you felt really really sick before you went to sick call. So the Navy was very good at inspiring its people to practice preventive medicine.

When you were seen at sick call, you were seen by someone who had some medical training but was not a doctor. They could diagnose, tell you what to do to get better, give you a chit for bed rest if necessary, and either write prescriptions or have a doctor write one out for them. If you were on sea duty then the corpsman was probably part of your crew. A submarine crew of 100-150 had its own enlisted corpsman, either a senior E-5 or an E-6. Most of them were at the level of your average EMT, and the shipboard ones were easily a level or two above that.

Admittedly liability insurance was not an issue and the patients were legislatively required to make an attempt to keep themselves fairly healthy.

Would a similar system work with civilians?
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When I was on active duty...Would a similar system work with civilians?
Well, Nords, it's complicated. Such a system is in place with nurse practitioners and/or physician's assistants but only in a spotty manner. Patients sometimes insist on seeing the doctor even when they don't need to. There are some liability issues but that varies. NPs and PAs demand a pretty high salary, so while they can be cost-effective, it is rarely a slam dunk financially.

I've had good experience with NPs where I work but do maintain a very close dialog with them, often amending their plans or findings; OTOH, I work with the sickest and most complicated patients you can imagine almost exclusively nowadays.

Bottom line: it can work in a well oiled close practice environment, with good gains in efficiency if not revenue.
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Old 06-03-2006, 08:34 AM   #28
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100 patients a day, day after day, is too many people for anyone too see, corpsman, nurse, PA or doctor. I think you would get confused and tired.
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Well, Nords, it's complicated. Such a system is in place with nurse practitioners and/or physician's assistants but only in a spotty manner. Patients sometimes insist on seeing the doctor even when they don't need to. There are some liability issues but that varies. NPs and PAs demand a pretty high salary, so while they can be cost-effective, it is rarely a slam dunk financially.

I've had good experience with NPs where I work but do maintain a very close dialog with them, often amending their plans or findings; OTOH, I work with the sickest and most complicated patients you can imagine almost exclusively nowadays.

Bottom line: it can work in a well oiled close practice environment, with good gains in efficiency if not revenue.
I was going to say the same thing. In my area its a rarity to actually see a doctor. You usually get an NP or PA that starts writing you a prescription before you're done telling them whats wrong with you. My wife knew the last one I got; said she was a retired nurse that didnt 'cut it' at the nursing business, took ten years off and here she was NP'ing for one of our regular doctors. She didnt seem to have a clue. The next month she had "Taken a better opportunity elsewhere".

That doctor (dermatology) seems to have a good gig going on. My wifes been going there off and on for 10 years and i've been there a couple of times. No sign of the doctor, neither of us has ever seen her. Looks like she's hired a pair of NP's to do the routine work and only shows up on occasion. Has added everything from extensive cosmetic surgery options to massage and spa packages.

The better NP/PA's that I've seen worked out pretty well though. What concerns me is having someone with only partial training/education and experience mistaking something serious for something benign and trying to buff me off with a bottle of pills.
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My question is this, what quality of MD are they going to bet if they are only grossing $100-$120 per hour?

I'm sure they will get a lot of docs just lining up to work for walmart wages!

I guess the old joke is right, every medical school class does have some guy who graduates last, and they do call him doctor.



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Old 06-05-2006, 07:26 PM   #31
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With 3 emergency room visits (taken straight in like a gunshot victim). With 3 different inpatient stays of 5 days, 11 days and 2 days.

I have a bit to tell.

First ER visit I was tachycardic, arrythmic, and diapheretic and it drew a huge crowd of RN, PN, students, Residences and a Doctor. The diagnosis was hypokalemia. Not even close. Try KIDNEY CANCER. Try Coronary Artery Disease.

But hey, there were only 10 of them in one of the best hospitals in the world. NMH.


After testing and finding the real causes. I underwent 8 hours of surgery from what was considered the best-o-the-best. And after a brief visit home, back to Er with massive blood clots from penis and spent 11 days fighting for my life. Tranfusions, infections, fevers, sweats, lost 36 lbs in 11 days. Massive internal bleeding thru my penis and transfusions, blood clots, radiology interventions.

That experience left me with the impression that most initial investigations are pretty superficial. If it requires surgery and you have the where-withall. Go all out and find a good situation for yourself.

After doing my homework. If my loved one was very ill and required serious surgery.

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Justin,
I not kidding. Just imagine getting your triple bypass at Angier General.

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With 3 emergency room visits (taken straight in like a gunshot victim). With 3 different inpatient stays of 5 days, 11 days and 2 days.

I have a bit to tell.
OAP,

Sorry to hear of your tribulations, and wish you well in your recovery. Working in a major cancer referral center, I can appreciate how such a diagnosis can really put your whole world on hold.

Good doctors and a few not so good ones everywhere (both high profile institutions and less so), and sometimes even the best are not good enough. Let's hope you can find competent and compassionate care as you sort through your decisions.

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it took Northwestern Memorial Hospital 2 months to diagnose that I had kidney cancer.

If on day 1: Ultrasound Testing.


Found on day 1.


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I not kidding. Just imagine getting your triple bypass at Angier General.

Dr. Willie Lewis Spivey, graduate of Barbados Medical School.
Oh, I know you're not kidding! My grandfather recently passed away after the "Angier General" hospital forgot to give him insulin for 9 days straight while he was under their care. They turned the insulin back on, and he partially recovered for a few hours before dying. I've said before, I'd take a nice hospital in a developing country (like Thailand) over some of these rural hospitals in the U.S.
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are Doctors reluctant to use ultra-sound. *It seemed pretty harmless, didn't take much time and found my cancer early enough to give me a fighting chance. *But it took them 2 months to decide to do it. *

Reason I ask is a friends father is 78 and started wetting himself about a year ago, doctor did no testing just gave him Depends or something. *Finally he was passing blood and ultra-sound showed lemon sized cancer on kidney. *Had it been diagnosed a year earlier who knows how much better chance of survival he might have had.

Justin,
Sorry to hear that.

IIRC you are also a Civil Eng and most likely had classmates that could not remember that deflection is P Lcubed over 48EI. Yet someone is living in a building that they designed.

I'm allergic to aspirin and had a red wrist band indicating that, in comes a nurse from Ghana and trys to give me an aspirin. I showed her the wristband and she just shrugged. Kinda like well if refuse it, it's up to you.

Comment: If I could, I would take my laptop to the hospital and look up every aspect that was being foisted on me. Some of the drugs I was given were things that the nurse had no explanation for. Just, "that's what it shows on your orders".
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IIRC you are also a Civil Eng and most likely had classmates that could not remember that deflection is P Lcubed over 48EI. Yet someone is living in a building that they designed.
Nah, those guys ended up at the Department of Transportation designing bridges and culverts. Keep that in mind next time you cross a bridge.

In reality, most of those guys got F's in enough engineering classes and then went on to be very successful business or communications majors.
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If on day 1: Ultrasound Testing.
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OAP,

From your perspective, that is not too much to ask, and it is more than understandable that you feel let down and pissed off. I don't want to diminish that fact - it's your well-being at stake here. I am really sorry for the suffering this delay must have caused you. Period.

Your recovery is a big job. Don't let recriminations stand in the way of that. There will be plenty of time later to sort those out however you see fit; it's usually much more complicated than it seems to any one party. Screw that stuff for now in favor of finding a doctor you trust (there are a lot of great ones out there, honest), get staged and treated. It will work out, but leave little energy for other issues for a while.

BTW, notwithstanding your top 10 list of medical facilities, the reality is that closer to home is best. If no such facility exists, find at least a regional medical center. I would reserve cross-country cancer care for those cancers where only major cancer centers have the experience and expertise (and that depends on the specific diagnosis). *It's pretty well standardized nationally for most types. Closer = more time home.

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Rich,
Yeah, me being a vagabond gives me a bit more ease of movement. I actually considered moving to Tampa to go to Moffitt Cancer Center. I got a good friend living there and his wifes a great cook.

But you are right I need to channel my energy to staying cancer free. Another friends father had his kidney cancer treated with RF ablationa and he recovered very quickly. That was my first choice with Dr. Horst Zienke in Mayo but the logistics were bad.
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