Saturday, November 01, 2008

How To Get Great Medical Care

My sister sent this to me by email. Just sharing:

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The first patient is examined within the hour, gets X-rays the same day, and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The second sees his family doctor after waiting three weeks for an appointment, then waits eight weeks to see a specialist, then gets an X-ray that isn't reviewed for another week, and finally has his surgery scheduled for a month from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The first patient is a Golden Retriever.
The second is a senior citizen.

Next time I get sick, take me to a vet.


Rambling Woods said...

This is so true and I have spent some quality time at the vet office in the past couple of weeks..but the don't take my insurance...

Kiva said...

How true! I had to badger the doctor's office to get my husband in and yet when the dog sprained her shoulder, the vet said come in immediately we'll work you in and when the horse had an abscess the doctor on call came to the stable within a couple of hours. When is that last time a doctor did a house call for a human?

I have health insurance for my husband and not for my animals, hmmmm, what's wrong with this picture?

MyMaracas said...

Well, I think you've both hit the nail on the head here. We don't pay for health care so much as we pay for insurance. We have to support that whole other industry in order to get medical treatment. Where the customer works directly with the doctor, and we can actually go where we want, as we do at a vet's, then service matters.