American Health Care Sucks

Most doctors in the United States suck at what they do. They have significant difficulty correctly diagnosing anything other than a  textbook case. They are seemingly unable or unwilling to think.  Additionally, their solution to most health care issues is medication rather than fixing the problem. Also, there is an unacceptable delay at scheduling appointments. It can take 3 to 5 weeks to see a 
specialist. Imagine if these doctors had to wait 5 weeks to schedule a car appointment. Think they would accept it? 

Many doctors no longer work on Fridays. American Doctors seem to view Fridays as some sort of medical holy day. Working is forbidden. This holy day makes it even harder for patients to schedule a timely appointment. Friday appointments are sometimes available if there are multiple doctors in the practice,  However, some medical centers will not allow you to switch doctors for one appointment claiming your  original doctor is familiar with your case. THIS IS A LIE. Your doctor is NOT familiar with your case. Your doctor asks you the same questions at every appointment because they forget about your case. They don’t remember how your symptoms first developed nor what tests have been done. They need you to give them your health details again. Switching doctors for a few appointments should not cause any negative health issues because regardless of which practitioner a patient sees, the same questions will be asked and the same details will be needed. The reason American medical centers don’t want patients switching doctors is most likely accounting. Perhaps clinics keeps track of how much income each doctor brings into the business and pays out bonuses based on this income.

The American medical industry is giving its patients subpar treatment.

If anyone wants good health care, this blog strongly urges that person to research doctor reviews on Ratemds and Yelp before making any medical  appointment. Also, never blindly trust a doctor's diagnosis. Based on personal experience, the diagnosis is often founded on laziness as  well as the need to quickly get you out of the office so that the next cash cow (sometimes referred to as patient) can be brought into the room. Research the doctor's diagnosis on the internet. Check that it is logical for your symptoms.

Lastly, because American doctors schedule large numbers of patients during the day, any single patient will have - on average - only 5 to 10 minutes of actual consultation with the practitioner.  Therefore, before the appointment, patents would be wise to write down important questions on a piece of paper. The doctor probably wont answer  any more than 3 questions unless they require only yes or no responses. DO NOT LET THE DOCTOR TAKE THE PAPER OUT OF YOUR HAND. If they  take your paper, your questions will likely be quickly and briefly answered with very little thought. Its belter to ask your questions as if you just thought of them. You will receive a more detailed answer. The doctor will put more thought in to his or her response. If the doctor asks to see the paper simply tell them you wrote the questions in shorthand and that only you could understand the abbreviations.

Given the large amount of money, Americans pay for health care, we deserve better treatment. Fire any doctor that doesn’t give you good treatment.

December 30, 2014

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