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Old 09-29-2009, 08:46 PM   #21
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, in large part due to all the illegals not paying, so the illegals now go to the ER instead.
Of course, those (arguably) 45 million uninsured citizens would never consider such a thing.
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True, but people who stick around tend to be a little more willing to pay, even if it takes them time to do so. My doctor and I have a lot of talks around the subject of the current medical system and the stories she's told me about the changes are scary. And according to her, at least in this area, the illegals abuse it more than the legals. Its why her office requires insurance or payment in full up front. And, she doesn't milk people, if she knows a patient is having a rough financial time she works with them, if they have a history with the office.

Maybe its not a problem there in Colorado, but illegals are a big issue here. One good side effect of the recession around these parts is you don't see nearly as many of them loitering around the Home Depots and convenience stores --- I suspect many have given up and gone back.
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I have a great internist. I would not mind calling him on nights/weekends to ask if I should go to the ER or wait to see him. Doesn't anybody else do that I would guess that most of the time, they would suggest seeing a physician right away since that is the CYA answer. Maybe not?
Last time I called my doctor on the weekend for some help, I got his answering service and another on-call doctor called me back. Essentially he told me that he couldn't do anything and to go to the hospital ER if I felt I needed help before my doctor was back in on Monday. I think that's their stock answer these days, particularly if you don't reach your own doctor.
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I would not mind calling him on nights/weekends to ask if I should go to the ER or wait to see him.
Yeah, but... Have you ever actually tested that theory?
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Yeah, but... Have you ever actually tested that theory?
Many years ago, I called during a kidney stone episode and gotten a prescription for pain killer over the phone that my spouse went and picked up at an all-night pharmacy. I have all the medications I need at home nowadays, so I haven't called in years.

Last year, when I broke a bone pretty badly, I called my orthopedist who was not open at the time. They suggested going to the ER which as related here a few months ago was a total waste of time as I never saw a doctor at the ER. I had surgery a few days after that.
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