Thursday, May 6, 2010

It`s not about the money

posted Tue, 20 Mar 2007

The real reason you pay extra ($295 starting price) to go to a doctor in private practice instead of going to the gyn at the county hospital where it costs only $75 for an annual exam is not because the doctors are better.

Well, I don’t know if the private practice docs are better. I don’t know how to analyze that information. Perhaps the Bodacious Red-headed Pediatrician will enlighten us. I do know my sister, a neo-natal nurse practitioner, has worked in both private practice, inner-city hospitals and military hospitals, so one person can be qualified to work in a variety of settings.

No, the real reason you pay extra to go to a doc in private practice is because

1. You don’t have to deal with a waiting room full of screaming babies.
2. You don’t have to wipe someone else’s pee off the seat in the bathroom.
3. The nurse isn’t snotty to the pharmacist when she calls to ask if it’s OK to give you three months’ worth of your prescription at once as opposed to one month (something you had already discussed with the doc, who had said sure it was OK and if Walgreen’s gave you any hassle to have them call him), saying that it’s not OK and the pharmacist must dispense only as written -- without even checking with the doc, which means the pharmacist calls you back and you have to call the doctor and you can’t even talk to the doctor but must leave a message but only after you have given – I am not making this up – your social security number, birthday and address – to the receptionist.
4. You don't have to explain to the doc and the nurse that yes, it is necessary to be married before one makes babies.

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