Originally Posted by Charles
Every time I'm in a doctors office all those other staff people look pretty busy. who is doing the work if half of them are gone?
If I had to take a stab at it, I would guess that a good part of the staff that you see at doctor offices are busy with insurance B.S. What is great about this idea is that it cuts insurance companies out of the picture and puts the doctor-patient relationship back to the way it should be--without the insurance companies trying to run everything.
I would say a good percentage--if not most--doctors today are slaves to the insurance companies who demand this ridiculous and impractical "overscheduling" of patients, which probably is at the heart of why doctors have no time to spend with their patients (my sister is a doctor, and she explained to me how insurance companies make a lot of doctors' lives a living hell).
My roommate went to one of these doctors who do a flat-year rate that excludes insurance, and he says it was just like he remembers it when he saw the doctor years ago as a child. The physician was able to spend a lot of time with him and really discuss the problem he was having.
It's a complete joke how it is with usual doctors: you spend most of the time with the nurse and perhaps 5-10 minutes (which generally seems very rushed) with the doctor. How any competent physician is suppose to come to an understanding of a patient's situation in that limited time is beyond me. Perhaps if every patient presented with a textbook illness it might be possible, but each human body is so individualized; illnesses can be rather complex and the way they present quite varied. Even the way medication works for each patient can vary a great deal.
I really hope this idea takes off. I am up to here with these meddling insurance companies trying to play doctor, telling patients what they can and can't have, telling doctors what they can and can't do. The hoops they make patients and doctors jump through to get their needed medical care is a great flaming pot of Moderator cut: rude
and it couldn't come soon enough for me if all these damn parasitic insurance companies along with their thick-skulled executives waste away into the nothingness where they belong and deserve to be.