Doctors really sucks ometimes

United States
September 3, 2007 5:22pm CST
I think if a doctor can't figure out what's wrong you shouldn't have to pay them! I took my son in last week with a weird rash, Dr. said it was an allergic reaction. Gave him Claritin and it cleared up. Well this week my twins get it! Since when is an allergic reaction contagious? So I take them in. Dr. can't figure out what it is. Still charges me (double mind you, thank heavens we only have to pay co-pay of $25 each) and offers no suggestion other than give them Benadryl! Next day they started throwing up. I'm thinking the odd virus has finally left my house..... Still kinda irked the DR. insisted it was an allergic reaction when clearly it wasn't.
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@wotfpatty (2068)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I have been getting the run around about my own health for at least two years. First they say one thing, then another, and another and really NO ONE knows what is wrong just that something is. One doctor even said he was too ill informed to make a diagnosis and I should concentrate and finding things that make me feel better rather than what it is that makes me feel bad. Great and if it is cancer or something else that needs treating now and I just cover it up, I die. Thanks, Doc. I took my son to the doctor for a weird rash and he said it was acne. He gave him crazy (expensive!!) stuff to take and use and, 18 months later, when the kid was still suffering from it, we went to a dermatologist (We had been back to our doctor many times and he continually confirmed acne, although my son is 21, past the teen acne stage and never had it before.) and he has follicicitus which is a virus and he needs to be on antibiotics for several months. What a crock. All that time wasted. And really I have never found a great doctor who could nail something unless it was a sinus infection or a cold. Otherwise, they guess and hope they are right.
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• United States
4 Sep 07
That is exactly the type of thing I was worried about! Crossing my fingers it doesn't come back.......
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@wotfpatty (2068)
• United States
4 Sep 07
Hopefully all is well for you now and it was just a bug the kids got. But why wouldn't a doctor know such a simple thing? Scary, huh?
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@indiavani (865)
• India
5 Sep 07
Hello! Dr. can't figure it out & still charges fees is wrong. But it also true that no doctor sees a patient for free unless the patient is his/her family member/friend. So, you can't do anything about it. But you can consult some other doctor because your kids would be more precious to you than the fees of the doctor.
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• United States
7 Sep 07
had they not gotten better I would've gone to a different dr.
@TerryZ (22085)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I know I agree with on not paying them. I think thats terrible he couldnt figure out what was wrong. He should be ashamed of himself. I love my family doctor if he doesnt know he will send you to someone who does. I searched for years till just a couple of years ago I found the right doc. I hope your kids are okay and feeling better.
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• United States
7 Sep 07
thanks. They're all beter now. They passed the bug on to me though and it's been a miserable couple days.
• United States
4 Sep 07
Where was the rash located, did it itch, was it localized or all over their bodies. Have your children had their immunizations? It could be viral, and not to play devils advocate but sometimes doctors cant really pinpoint a diagnosis without trying a few things first. It could be something as simple as you changed soap, laundry detergent, or used bug spray or sunscreen that maybe they all had a reaction to, although that would be odd considering the length of time in between.
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• United States
4 Sep 07
It was every where. They're fully immunized. If it were all at once I wouldn't have thought any thing of it...... I'm glad it's all cleared up or I'd be calling the DR. and letting him know about the vomiting.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
4 Sep 07
thats one thing that i like about living here in canada. our medical system is virtually free (no out of pocket expenses when visiting a dr)...(before you pack up n move, our taxes are higher cause its part of our taxes)... but i agree with you, i hate to go to the drs only to be fluffed off...it happens here all the time (because it is free to see the dr).
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• China
4 Sep 07
i have the same feeling with you. i really feel pity of doctors now. they are just fond of earning money,rather than take the reponsibiliy as a doctor. they don't really donsider your own health but only their convenience and benifits. i get really disappointed that they make lots of charges for massed of stuff of no value. what the hell of their jobs, don't they feel ashamed?
• United States
3 Sep 07
Perhaps you should switch doctors, he doesn't seem to be very thorough. Your kids are worth more to you than a dose of Benadryl and a $25 fee. You should have some faith in your doctor to find or research the problem, if he isn't then maybe he isn't the one for you. I am glad to hear the rash is gone, but sorry to hear your doctor is a moron.
• United States
4 Sep 07
Thanks Lady Viper. Had it not been Saturday I'd have had more options but there are only a few drop in places open on Saturdays. I definitely won't be going to that one again though!
• United States
4 Sep 07
I feel your pain, it is hard enough to find a decent doctor. But finding one on a weekend, is nearly impossible. You are always stuck going to an emergency room or an urgent care. I guess people are only supposed to get sick Monday through Friday between 9 and 5...lol
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
4 Sep 07
My own husband is a medical provider in the Air Force. Many of our friends are doctors. I have to disagree that you shouldn't pay if they don't know what is wrong. Medicine is not an exact science, there are so many symptoms that fit a broad spectrum of illnesses. I know for sure that the doctors we are associated with are not "in it for the money." They get paid the same no matter what. Not all doctors are great but not all doctors are bad either. And no doctor is going to get the correct diagnosis 100% of the time.
• New Zealand
7 Sep 07
I completely agree with you, humans are not perfect, we make mistakes. Doctors are people too, and there are so many different illnesses, some with similar symptoms, that it can be difficult to get a correct diagnosis. Many doctors are not in it for the money, and I would think many of the people who train to become doctors simply to earn money are rejected from medical school in the compulsory (compulsory here, pretty sure this would apply worldwide) interview.