Doctors, Hospitals & Compassion

Discussion in 'Healthcare/Insurance/Govt Healthcare' started by Derek_Plumber, May 28, 2009.

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    Do doctors and hospitals really really care about their patients, or is it all about big bucks and medical corporations?
     
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    That's not a question - to stay in business hospitals must consider that they can not create medical goods with goodwill. Hopefully, we won't get into a lengthy conversation on such a moot point, but nontheless I'm replying: if hospitals accepted goodwill for service, that they accepted everyone for no reason, hospitals (to put a human face on it: doctors and nurses) would be different to a slave how? You can mince what is 'right' and what is 'wrong' but if in the end your holding a "gun" to a doctor's head and yelling "treat me" your a criminal.
     
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    Coming from a family physician...there is no such thing as "big bucks".

    Unless you are talking about my loan.
     
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    I have a great doctor, who cares. So I guess in my experience, they do care.
     
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    I've had poor experiences with docs that simply thought they knew everything but turned out to know not so much and frankly, didn't seem to give a shit. Family members have also experienced (and continue to experience) this. My view on the medical has changed dramatically because of these experiences.

    X, I didn't know you were a doc. What kind?
     
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    I placed this thread after what happened to a guy I know. He went into the hospital for a ten day "medication evaluation." $20,000 later he is back home. Two weeks after that he is bed-ridden and sicker than a dog. The hospital gave him the wrong pills! He went to his insurance company and told them not to pay. Doctors should be required to pass a competency test every year.

    According to Reuters hospital profits are down. But, you know I saw my friend's itemized bill. $54 for a pill you could buy in a pharmacy for less than a buck! Sounds like just plain bad management. Start firing the execs, and nationalize the health care system!
     
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    Who sez it's either/or??
     
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    I was charged $32 for two pain relievers (one that the nurse dropped on the floor). It's about profits to the Facility. Charges for usage from the facility and professional fees really drive up costs. Individual doctors and nurses in private practice usually don't charge out the ass. A doctor visiit here would cost around $118 wheras receiving the same services in an ER would be about $1,500.
     
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    Family medicine.
     
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    Do you think some government bureaucrat is going to really care about your medical treatment and personal health?
     

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