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Old 01-24-2016, 03:53 PM   #21
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A lot of doctors are doing this now. I was looking for a dermatologist after I moved from California and all their websites pushed "aesthetic medicine" way more than general dermatology.

It's a way to infuse their practice with cash using a product with a large margin. If they buy products such as Botox and dermal fillers in large quantities they can enjoy about 70%-85% profit.

I find it annoying that so many doctors are trying to up sell patients on any cosmetic procedure. If they wish to place literature in the waiting room that's fine, but leave it up to the patient to ask about it.


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Old 01-24-2016, 03:58 PM   #22
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A lot of doctors are doing this now. I was looking for a dermatologist after I moved from California and all their websites pushed "aesthetic medicine" way more than general dermatology.

It's a way to infuse their practice with cash using a product with a large margin. If they buy products such as Botox and dermal fillers in large quantities they can enjoy about 70%-85% profit.

I find it annoying that so many doctors are trying to up sell patients on any cosmetic procedure. If they wish to place literature in the waiting room that's fine, but leave it up to the patient to ask about it.


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Similarly, my dentist is pushing cosmetic procedures now. Next will be the veterinarian.
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Last week a friend told me she was participating in a weight-loss program at her gynecologist's. The friend is a bit thick around her waist but otherwise pretty normal; doc claims she's bordering on obese. I guess they're looking for new income streams.
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My doc has a lot of wellness programs advertised in the waiting room including weight loss, but that isn't getting pushed during the medical exam. Maybe if I were obese - don't know.
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Similarly, my dentist is pushing cosmetic procedures now. Next will be the veterinarian.
The vets are already doing that. So are auto dealer service departments.
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Definitely not good. I think that you have every right to be unhappy. Sadly, as MDs perceived or actual incomes decrease one can expect increasing attempts to bring in extra money. Certainly undermines trust in the profession and is possibly a breach of fiduciary duty.
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He's not just a physician, but also a commission salesman for a plastic surgery group.

What a guy?

My sister wasn't aging well, and she got that turkey neck fixed. Now, she's aging appropriately for a 68 year old.
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Seems this is nothing new. Ten years ago had to see an ENT for blocked euastachian tube. She recommended an eye lift! Doh. I passed.
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The vets are already doing that. So are auto dealer service departments.

Gives a whole new meaning to "Check your oil, m'am?"
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I share your indignation! That is ridiculous. If my GYN had suggested something like that, I'd have laughed at him. As if I'd pay for something like that.
My answer would have been something beginning with the F word...

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"As you'll note in the brochure, we have the 'bug's ear', the 'delicate flower', the 'happy hoo-hoo', and, our newest addition, the 'man muncher'..."
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"As you'll note in the brochure, we have the 'bug's ear', the 'delicate flower', the 'happy hoo-hoo', and, our newest addition, the 'man muncher'..."
And here we drop down to the lowest common denominator... thanks, HFWR, knew I could count on you! Those names...
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I'd look for a new doctor.

I left a chiropractor once when I saw he had a brochure stating he could alleviate diabetes with chiropractic treatments.
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Medicine is big business. Before you know it, physicians will be advertising for patients on TV!

oh, wait ...
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And here we drop down to the lowest common denominator... thanks, HFWR, knew I could count on you! Those names...

Hey, Robin Williams had an entire routine dedicated to "Mr. Happy"!

And I could have gone lower... :P
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Thanks, we have been having a really rough time with the snow (still trapped) and I desperately needed a laugh!

Just you wait, your next visit to the Urologist may include a sales pitch for the (Long Dong) "Silver Upgrade"...

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Thanks, we have been having a really rough time with the snow (still trapped) and I desperately needed a laugh!

Just you wait, your next visit to the Urologist may include a sales pitch for the (Long Dong) "Silver Upgrade"...
Uh, I don't need that...

I hate my urologist. All he does is poke fun at me...
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Last year I got a robocall from my gynecologists office to tell me about her new "Revitalize" medical group focusing on hormone and wellness issues. The focus is on hormone replacement and supplements. I don't know how she has time for a new practice, she already has 2 OB/GYN offices.

I got through menopause just fine without any hormone treatment so I was surprised by the call. The last time I went in for my yearly visit I saw the Revitalize office in her building.

She never mentioned anything about it when I had my visit. At least in this case it's a medical issue she's addressing.
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The vets are already doing that. .
Seriously? Doggie face lifts? My greyhound has developed a little turkey neck....hmmm
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Grayhound? Are you sure it wasn't a Shar Pei before its "treatments"?

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I must admit that my neck is getting a little saggy so if my GYN recommened a lift I would probably leave the office but have a plastic surgeon on speed dial .
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