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Old 12-19-2013, 01:51 PM   #61
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I've had way better luck with my docs than with plumbers, electricians, cable and internet providers, etc.
That's a good point. Now that you mention it, I just had an incident with a plumber we've used before with good results. I had an outdoor faucet that was dripping and wanted it repaired before winter so it wouldn't freeze up. I scheduled a morning appointment and after waiting for over an hour, called him on his cell to find out I was rescheduled for afternoon. Wasted my whole day on a simple repair.

At least I was at home and not sitting in a waiting room.......
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When I started practice on August 4th, 1986, my fee for an extraction was 28 dollars. That included the exam and X-Ray. I made a good income, was able to save for home and put a little away for the future. I was happy as a lark. Retired patients and minimum wage workers could both afford my fees. Sometimes they had to borrow ten from their mother or pay me next week but it got done. I wish we would stop blaming providers for what politicians created. Inflation. Inflation created the working poor. Inflation created our healthcare crisis. Inflation is what makes docs over schedule, whether by greed or need.
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When I started practice on August 4th, 1986, my fee for an extraction was 28 dollars. That included the exam and X-Ray. I made a good income, was able to save for home and put a little away for the future. I was happy as a lark. Retired patients and minimum wage workers could both afford my fees. Sometimes they had to borrow ten from their mother or pay me next week but it got done.

I wish we would stop blaming providers for what politicians created. Inflation. Inflation created the working poor. Inflation created our healthcare crisis. Inflation is what makes docs over schedule, whether by greed or need.
That doesn't jive with anything I've read in the last 10-30 years. Nor does it jive with how US health care costs have increased compared to all other developed countries to roughly double (with poorer outcomes), but we've had that debate (too) many times. Not trying to vilify any profession by any means (ie, blame providers) and politicians (more special interests) have definitely had a role, but it's not simply inflation. Again, lack of competition may have a lot more to do with it. And there's no easy fix...

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That doesn't jive with anything I've read in the last 10-15 years. Nor does it jive with how US health care costs have increased compared to all other developed countries to roughly double (with poorer outcomes), but we've had that debate many times. Not trying to vilify any profession by any means, and politicians (with special interests) have had a role, but it's not simply inflation. Again, lack of competition may have a lot more to do with it. http://www.businessinsider.com/colle...-income-2011-3
We have poured way more money into our system than other countries have into theirs. Defense, education, as well as healthcare have increased our inflation. A large percentage of us can't even feed ourselves without government assistance. The common thread to rising costs is inflation. The reason some industries inflate more than others is because of more government infusion of funds.
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