Ever want to slap a Doctor through the telephone lines?

@writersedge (22579)
United States
August 1, 2009 11:02am CST
A Doctor called to tell the wife of someone I know that he had such and such wrong with him. He, his wife, and I all tried to tell the Dr. that wasn't the problem, something else was. He was going to see the man in the hospital the next day. We could not get this dim-wit to listen. After a week of being in the hospital, a Nurse told the Dr. basically the same thing we did with some added information. Now if the Dr. would have listened the first day, gone into see him the second day, then maybe by the third day, something could have happened. No a week had to go by because when he saw the man, he still didn't listen. He listed to the Nurse and that was a Friday, so Monday before anything could be done. Basically, this Dr. tried to diagnose without seeing the patient and by ignoring what we were all telling him. I told the man and his wife that they need a new Dr. Now that they have determined it is, in fact, because his blood pressure goes down too much when he tries to stand up that he can't walk, not because of a progressively detereorating disease, he's getting somewhere. Before the Dr. was saying nothing could be done because it was just a progressive disease. He stiffens up and falls over. We told him, no, he gets weak like he's going to pass out and has to sit down. But the Dr. wouldn't listen. Thank goodness the Nurse did and took his blood pressure. So now he's week 3 in the hospital when it could have been week 2 and he's almost ready to leave the hospital. And people wonder why we have expensive health care, one week for nothing! Ever want to slap a Dr. through the phone lines?
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@bdugas (3582)
• United States
1 Aug 09
No I just want to punch her in the office, went and told her that I though my gallbladder was bad and needed out, she said NO can't be gallbladder, everything I read on the internet and people told me pointed to the gallbladder.After the 3rd month of going over to see her for the same thing, she finally said ok I will give you a test to show you, you wrong! What did they find, gall stones and gallbladder needed to come out. Same thing when hubby had the flu, she gave me same medicine as he had, tried to tell her not same thing, I have been dealing with it for years and know what I need when it flares up. After taking the medicine she perscribed, and just getting worse, she decided that wasn't what I needed but what I told her in the first place. I think they do this cra*p just to get more money for more office visits, don't know about yours but mine is $275, for every time you walk into the office , There is way better ways of changing the health care system than that cra*p Obama wants to do, first of the cost of the care is what is keeping people from getting health care, one test my hubby took $7900. now you know no 2-30 minute test is worth that much don't care what they say. When they stop this kind of stuff we might could afford the insurance to cover us.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Aug 09
I think you should get a new Dr. I had to try different Doctors before I got a decent one. Our Drs. are $60 for a visit if level one and regular dr. Special Dr. level one is $80. No wonder Dr.s leave this area. Even level 3 is $120 to $160. Adding blood tests would get us to $275, but most Drs don't do blood tests any more, have to go to the hospital for that. Your prices are way crazy where you are.
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@jaizhi (260)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Hahaha... if I see your dr... I will help you punch her. SHe is totally crazy. She isn't suppose to prescibe medicine if she is unsure that it is going to work what if that medicine makes what your feeling worst. And yes your DR charge too much. It would be best to find new dr, since even though your trusting her with you and your hubby's life your dr don't care at all than just getting money.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Good points.
• United States
2 Aug 09
no,it's the ones in person i usually want to slap. i have such a time with some of my mother's doctors..i'm the one who lives with her, and yet somehow i don't know her medical history. they gave her a month of unnecessary tests which if they had actually read her records they would have realized it was an existing problem,which i tried to tell them. it doesn't help the navy changes her primary every other week.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Wow! Sounds like what I'm experiencing with these people. Don't get me started on the Military medical profession. They dang near killed my husband and he won't go to anyone but the Military because it's military connected. So sometimes I want to slap him, too!
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• United States
4 Aug 09
i hear ya.what gets me is practically having to write up a statement of need to see a specialist anymore.she's been needing to have her feet looked at for over a month now,but here that's a civ doc,so you have to ask first.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
5 Aug 09
Yeah, pediatrists, my brother is supposed to see one every 6 months.
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@GardenGerty (96659)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Aug 09
I deal with doctors very little, but this points out the importance of the nursing profession, as they take more time and are more tuned into the patients. Of course the doctors I have had in my adult life have been listeners, and have been quick and accurate in their diagnoses when needed. I would not have one that did not listen to me.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Exactly that's how they should be!
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• Canada
1 Aug 09
Rirst of all, let me apologize to both of you....I AM another, that is NOT receiving notifications (which I always do) in my e-mail of discussions that my friends have started! Please....I am sorry, as I always like to respond to my dear friends discussions! Doctor...what is a Dr? I have not had one for years, (have to rely on Walk-in Clinic), as the Dr. that I had refused to treat me, because I refused to take, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety...and sleep aids! I have never been healthier since I walked away from his pill-pushing! BUT, the problem is a TRUE shortage of DR.s in B.C., so they will NOT take on new patients! So many of us have to rely on Clinics or Emergency! Hopefully you have the ability to acquire a new Doctor, one that will listen! Have a great weekend, my wonderful friends..& Cheers!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Aug 09
My Dr. is fine, the Dr. of the people I'm talking about is a jerk. On Medicare, can't always choose your Dr. Many not taking new Medicare patients. I sat in a waiting room listening to the receptionist refuse new patients because of their insurance.
• United States
2 Aug 09
I agree Dr incompitence costs more probably than people who do not mind their health. One has to wonder if they get extra kick backs for keeping patients in the hossy longer? Wich is probably why insurance tries to limit the time that they will pay in the hossy. I love it when they don't listen cause they are too busy or too lazy. Not everything is cookie cutter symptom wise that's why they have all these fancy tests that cost fat cash to diagnose things. I still have to ask if the Dr ever said if my Mum has "parkinsons" as she only got shakey like that when she was nervous but it was like a foot tapping or something. Her old Dr diagnosed her with that and I honestly don't think she's got it, more how she copes when she's nervous bout something.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Did they do any tests to see what your Mom had?
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@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
6 Aug 09
when i was 16 i went to my doctor (she was y new doctor because i just moved) and told her that i'd like to get my kidneys checked because i've had kidney problems before and it felt like it was returning. for the longest time she tried to tell me there is nothing wrong with my kidneys and wouldn't refer me to urologist. It took a very long time to convince her. eventually she said that even though there is nothing wrong with my kidneys she will refer me anyway just to make sure... surely the urologist confirmed that i had an infection that traveled to the kidneys. Now i simply refuse to go to the doctors unless i have to get some paperwork done.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
6 Aug 09
Sounds like you need to find a Dr. that listens to you. Luckily, my insurance lets me go to any Dr. I want without a referal, but not everyone is so lucky. You could have had kidney damage done waiting for that Dr. Hope you went back and told her she needs to listen to her patients before she gets sued.
• United States
6 Aug 09
well i changed my diet now, so i don't get sick as much. with the insurance i had i couldn't pick a doctor, and now i have no insurance at all. But i think i'm better at treating diseases then half the doctors out there as sad as it is many doctors just want to pull more money out of people instead of actually helping. I'm studying to be a nurse, so i more or less know what to do in each case and how to find out what is wrong with me.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
8 Aug 09
And when you become a nurse, you'll find out who the real Drs. are and who the no good ones are so if you do need a Dr. because you can't treat yourself for something, then you know who and who not to go to. Take care
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Dec 09
hi writersedge how on earth could a doctor diagnose a patient if he never even saw the man, thats malpractice for sure.I would have got a different doctor had I been the person . I have never'had an occasion to get upset with my doctor as he has 'always listened to me a nd helped me to get well.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
31 Dec 09
Very true. But to get old people to change Drs. where I live, easier to find the Titanic underwater with a current device. Glad you have a great Dr. As you can see by the responses above, not everyone has a decent one. Thanks for responding and take care.
@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I stick with doctors I like. If I find one I do not like, I will not go back to that person nor refer them. My doctors have been good about taking care of me and my well being. I have had up to 11 at one point and it was very important to me to be able to collaborate with my doctors and have open communication.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Aug 09
That's the ideal and I wish everyone had that. Some plans limit which providers or doctors a person can go to, unfortunately.