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I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

Posted on: January 17, 2008 8:46 am

I just tried to make an appointment to see a family physician.  You would think being in the brotherhood would get me an easier pass in the would think would be wrong. 

I called 4 physicians to see who was taking new patients (insured patients) finally found one whose office will send me paperwork to return and from there it will take 2 weeks to be seen.  It's a good thing there isn't anything horribly wrong or I could be terminal by the time I get in. 

Last night in the ER we had a 3 hour wait and it was one of the shortest in the city.  There are multiple reasons for that wait but if insured patients are being put off weeks the uninsured, underinsured, and medicaid patients are doomed.

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Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2008 12:31 pm

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

The uninsured, underinsured, and medicaid patients are the exact reason that the waits are so long in the ER. They have nowhere else to go so they go to the ER for things most people with Family Physicians would make appointments for. I see it everyday at work. The best part is, those of us with jobs, insurance, and doctors are the ones footing the bills for those ER visits which are mostly not needed (i.e. Grandma has the flu bug and now it's keeping her up at 3AM so she thinks it's serious enough to be seen) and receive no actual treatment (meds or a script) and are discharged 1 hour after getting back to a room with a note that says "check with your family doctor in the morning" which they don't have. And then I get a note from my insurance company last year saying any "Emergency room visit that we deam NOT an actual emergency that could be diagnosed by a GP in the office setting will NOT be covered in the future". Guess I have to wait to take my 18 month old with a 104* fever to the doctor's on Monday, now, when it's Friday night. Or until they are dehydrated enough to get an IV.

Our Health System is so screwed up.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 3:12 pm

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

Yeah, the triage nurses tend to take actual life-and-limb-threatening emergencies over things that most people think are "emergencies". A good deal of what comes into LM's ED is stuff like colds, runny noses, sore throats. Stuff that either can't be cured or isn't going to kill you.

She's actually had a patient with a cold scream and cuss her out because she had the temerity to keep them waiting for an hour while she dealt with a heart-attack victim who came in by squad.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2008 2:19 pm

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

I'm an expert at not waiting in the ER. I consider it my GP with no appointment neccesary. Of cousre I only go to my GP if I really need to.

For instance, I was pulling carpet of of a bedroom, it was heavy so I cut it into sections. I picked up a section threw it over my shoulder .... CRAP - I forgot to lay down the carpet kife. I stuck it deep into my throat. I was the only one around so I drove myself to my "GP" and got right in. Last time I went to see Him/Her I accedently poured HOT oil on my hand. Blistering it beyond recognition, I had to wait about 10 minutes but I got in.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2008 12:34 pm

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

Try to explain this one to me. A couple of day's ago I had a worker break his foot on a job. We take him to the E.R. in my town, about 20k population. When we get there the treatment part is handled great by the doctors and nurses. I call my workers comp ins. carrier and ask what I need to do. They tell me that in order to even submit a claim there has to be a drug and alcohol test done on the injured party. No test no pay, simple right? I tell the people at the hospital that we need the tests in order to submit the claim to workers comp, so that the bills can be paid. They look at me with this really stupid look and say, "We don't do those." They refused to do the tests, they said they didn't have the tests and that I had to do it! I said, do you want to get paid? They said, of course we want to get paid! I told them to do the darn test then! They got mad and asked me to leave. I got mad and left and called my friend, the Asst. Chief of Staff at the hospital, and two minutes later got a call from the lab director that had just 86ed my behind from the place, politely inviting me back to the hospital! When I returned he said he would be happy to administer the tests, but I would have to find a kit! After locating the kit's they did handle the test. But I thought that was the stupidest thing I had ever heard.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2008 4:22 pm

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

Hey LM

I can understand on both sides of the overcrowding argument. As a student and a staff member at one of the busiest University Hospital/Clinics in the Chicagoland area I can understand the frustrations. The main issue of not being able to get an appointment goes to how severe "they" think your problem is compared to the acuteness of other patients' issues. (acuteness?? I like that word) Don't really understand how the RN's can decide who's injury or issue is more important than another persons issue/injury. But that's neither here nor there. It can take up to 3 weeks to get into see one of our physicians due to his patient load and how long it takes for him to see his patients on a normal schedule. But to not be able to get you in to ANY physician for a couple of weeks is... not really normal, unless other physicians are on vacations blah blah blah. But you already know this lol...

I know I know... but here's some interesting news. I have a torn Meniscus! Yaaaay LOL. *shakes head* I figured as much for some time but yesterday hyperextended my knee... yea... now I'm in tons of pain... Maybe just maybe I'll get an tOSU sweatsuit to wear for the first few days after they either repair or remove it. *wink*... lol Should be fun! ... Get the MRI tomorrow more than likely... this is gonna be awesome!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2008 1:11 pm

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

I guess Columbus qualifies as a "big" city.  There are 8 fairly large hospitals and everyone was SRO yesterday. 

Dook-  Nothing major on the health front.  Just the bronchitis sore throat that is tearing through town but I've had it for a month and it's just time to get it looked at.  Besides I need a physical and it's always a good idea to have a PCP.

give small fry a kiss for me.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2008 12:37 pm

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

Must be in a big town LM. Around here a 15 minute wait in the ER is along time.

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2008 9:12 am

I'm beginning to understand the frustration.

It would not be a sisterhood for you?

That is why I wait with my GP till my day off to call, b/c I know they have a block of appointments set aside, but you have to call first thing otherwise you do not get in.

I had to go last week, for my eye, everyone is referring to it as my evil eye...another day another story...(am half greek so it's rather appropriate don't ya think), got there a minute late, they were short staffed, and ended up waiting over an hour...insane...

must be going small fry is running round in his batman jammies...he needs to get his hiney in gear....the joys of parenthood...

hope you are ok LM or LD is ok or the little one is ok.

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