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Why Did Doctors Stop Making House Calls?

 
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01/11/2012 05:52 PM
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Re: Why Did Doctors Stop Making House Calls?
Another thing is that people back in the day didn't call the doctor unless they where really sick, somthing was broken, or dying. Today people go to the ER for anything it really is stupid how much people go to the doctor. In the past 10 years I have been to the doctor 3 times. I was raised unless your dying or somthings broken you don't go to the doctor.
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That is exactly what happens when the Government makes medical free for a lot of people. As long as I'm not paying and my neighbor is covering my costs then they will go all the time. If the cost was coming out of their pocket then it would be a much different story.

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Another thing is that people back in the day didn't call the doctor unless they where really sick, somthing was broken, or dying. Today people go to the ER for anything it really is stupid how much people go to the doctor. In the past 10 years I have been to the doctor 3 times. I was raised unless your dying or somthings broken you don't go to the doctor.
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Alot of the visits have nothing to do with actual medical treatment. Just doctors being dealers, and their patients are users. Might be legal, but it's just a drug deal.
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Re: Why Did Doctors Stop Making House Calls?
Doctors making house calls are an inefficient use of scarce resources. Think about it: A doc at a clinic can see what, six (or more) patients in an hour?

If that same doctor has to drive around making house calls that number drops to way less than one patient per hour when the transportation time is factored in. Maybe in the olden days when people lived in pissant little towns, but today not so much.
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This added to fact most docs are property of HMO's whose CEOs can collect tens of millions for rationing healthcare. And you now have to go through so many half assed 'opinions' you never actually get much in real cure/relief. 'Treatment' has only meaning a billing code. I have run into more addicts, perverts, pedophiles and stalkers in 'healthcare' than in ANY other population segment (races, druggies, super rich, etc) and after 8 years of being told to quit whining, take some aspirin and get a job suddenly tumors are appearing making it difficult to eat/chew/swallow and I cannot gain weight to save my life. Only ONE doc made a house call(family friend) who after saying "I don't sit" I gave him my word of honor when the pain got bad enough I would suicide in his hospital lobby. He said wait, he researched, came to my house to see how I actually functioned and recommended tests that were at the time denied BUT he said he would support my disability claim. Then he graduated residency and moved away and back to the same old 'quit whining' with nothing more than a 5 minute office visit. So either I will die slowly and horribly (or fast choking) or I will get REAL Dx and treatment and then sue the shit out the arrogant bastards who repeatedly ignored symptoms that did not 'fit' their Dx. In addition to naming drug addict residents, the 'inhouse' coverup system and illegal distribution of prescription meds. The trick is not screwing it all up for the poor sick ones who really need help and not just the fuckups/drugseekers.
On a seperate note some still do housecalls but privately for limited number of patients who can afford a basic retainer, then billing for calls.

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