It seems to me that people on the outside of the fiasco that is the United States’ healthcare system think that everyone is working fine. Sure, sometimes people have to pay more for care/treatment, but we have a system that works and doctors who do their job correctly.
But the truth is so far from that. Yes, there are doctors who do a great job, who go above and beyond to help their patients. But the vast majority of them seem to either be in bed with pharmaceutical companies or disinterested in the experiences/problems of their patients.
My doctor is nice enough. And he’s succinct, which I really like. But he also is so far removed from what is going on with me and my body often. All I have for pain is 600mg ibuprofen, which half of the time doesn’t work – be that because of the intensity of the pain, the way it makes me sick to my stomach, or the tolerance built up after years and years of taking that as a normal dose. He’s convinced that narcotic pain relievers are wrong. Or, at least, that I need to get them from a primary care doctor and not from him.
If you’re a rheumatologist, you’re probably the only doctor that some of your patients see. Insurance payments and co-pays suck too much to pay double for basically the same amount of care.
Also, apparently my insurance won’t cover my eye doctor appt from a few weeks ago? And I’ve never gotten my full list of co-pay due for past visits to my rheumy. How odd.
But I digress. If you’re a doctor geared specifically to people in horrible amounts of pain, you should probably be willing to help them out a little more with the relief. Just sayin’ the truth.
The system doesn’t work – it’s broken. Programs don’t help those of us who need it the most. And still, we have to listen to people (with more money than at least 80% of the rest of us) talk about the horros of nationalized health care. I don’t care how long I have to wait for an appt, as long as I can get one and actually get the help I need.