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I guess we should all cry instead of laugh as health care is very personal to all of us . My employee just walked into my office with a note stating " Need OFF FEBRUARY 4th for Dr Appt " and I stopped her and said " you made a mistake , you wrote FEBRUARY " and she states " No thats correct , thats as soon as I get in to see a podiatrist at UK that takes Conventary of Kentucky . "

 

So there you have it . A 5 month wait . I could add my own horror story about my wife needing medical attention last week . She is a hospital employee and went to the ER in severe pain . After waiting 2 hours to be seen I started asking a few questions , at 2.5 hours I told them if she isnt see soon we will be forced to leave and seek treatment elsewhere . at 3 hours of wait time we left ... so she see's a specialist in this medical field ( because someone knew the right person to get her in) the next day , he says " yeah you got an issue there " I'll set you up with the MD that can take care of that .... and proceeds to say " we have you an appt in a week" . and we ask " your sign says you are a specialist in this , why dont you take care it . Like right now . And he makes up some fecal material about following protocol and " we dont do those in the office anymore" so she ends up in same day surgery with a " procedure " that probably cost an addt 20K bucks . And it took less than 5 minutes to fix . Whole thing was total mess.

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I guess we should all cry instead of laugh as health care is very personal to all of us . My employee just walked into my office with a note stating " Need OFF FEBRUARY 4th for Dr Appt " and I stopped her and said " you made a mistake , you wrote FEBRUARY " and she states " No thats correct , thats as soon as I get in to see a podiatrist at UK that takes Conventary of Kentucky . "

 

Welcome to the Canadian National Health Care system!!!!!

There is a reason many Canadians come to the US for healthcare. They can't get timely, quality care under the National Health Care Plan. Five and six month waits are the norm.

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Yes, I have noticed longer wait times each time I contact my doctor for appointments and they have gone from days out to weeks out and now months out.

 

My wife had severe pain once on a weekend, so bad she couldn't straighten up. Pretty severe that she called our family physician who suggested we utilize "their" after hours care facility. We go, and the doctor there wasn't sure but thought it could be appendicitis and told us to get to emergency room. After an all day affair going to both of these facilities she was diagnosed with a severe colitis attack, given treatment and prescription. About two weeks later we received a bill for the emergency room, etc. When we called the hospital billing department to ask why, the woman told us that our insurance felt it wasn't an emergency therefore they won't cover it. When I called the insurance company and explained to them that the attending first doctor thought it might be appendicitis and we needed to get to emergency room. I asked the insurance person what I was supposed to do? Not take my wife who was in a ton of pain to emergency room as the attending physician advised? It was thought as a life or death situation at the time.

 

We're still paying off the charges. Damned shame.

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I have had no issues with longer waits, all have been normal. Possibly those doctors that have longer waits are getting more patients who can now go to them due to the new heath care? More patients being able to get care now is a bad thing?

 

There is a family that I know who has a child who has cancer, several thousands of dollars per day at the hospital they are in now, try about 30k! Under the new system there is no cap, but even at 80/20 it's still going to be expensive, but they are very thankful that there is no cap.

 

Instead of blaming liberals, why not start with the republicans who refuse to talk about changes to the system? They talk about an overhaul but they never want to talk about it on the floor. Yes, there is need to tweek the system, and many in DC want to tweek it, but it seems those in control won't bring it up.

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Patient : I'm having bad foot pain , can't walk , can't work my full shift ..... Doc : Ok I'll see you in 6 months .

 

If that make sense to you and is acceptable to you then I'll just accept we expect different things from our health care system.

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I have had no issues with longer waits, all have been normal. Possibly those doctors that have longer waits are getting more patients who can now go to them due to the new heath care? More patients being able to get care now is a bad thing?

 

There is a family that I know who has a child who has cancer, several thousands of dollars per day at the hospital they are in now, try about 30k! Under the new system there is no cap, but even at 80/20 it's still going to be expensive, but they are very thankful that there is no cap.

 

Instead of blaming liberals, why not start with the republicans who refuse to talk about changes to the system? They talk about an overhaul but they never want to talk about it on the floor. Yes, there is need to tweek the system, and many in DC want to tweek it, but it seems those in control won't bring it up.

 

To the first question, very well could be. Remember also that there was that mass exodus of practitioners we were supposed to see, so that could be part of it also.

 

To the second question, apparently so. More unwashed liberals than ever enrolled in some kind of health care plan. A travesty.

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Patient : I'm having bad foot pain , can't walk , can't work my full shift ..... Doc : Ok I'll see you in 6 months .

 

If that make sense to you and is acceptable to you then I'll just accept we expect different things from our health care system.

 

How many podiatrists are there in the area?

 

If they're in that much pain, why don't they find another one who can see them sooner?

 

Why don't they have insurance through their work?

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