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Old Today, 09:16 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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^^Oh, for crying out loud! None of these non-profits are into "kickbacks".

And background checks on your emergency contacts? I'll tell you there's not enough time in a health care provider's day to do that.
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Old Today, 09:27 AM
 
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I rarely go to the doctor but those questions aren't much different than what I've heard before. I'd rather have them use a CNA to enter answers into the computer than take up the doctor's or nurse's time. I'm used to answering no, no, no, no so I really don't understand why answering no to a question would upset you.

And I agree with KW, you've got to be kidding about kickbacks, that makes no sense.

If anything, some of the questions are probably just used for data analysis.
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Old Today, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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People are so used to invasiveness these days that it's become totally acceptable to many. Personally, I don't like it. But my main reason for finding another doc would be the attitude or demeanor of the one asking the questions. Office staff makes a difference in how comfortable or uncomfortable you are at your own docs office.
I pay them, they work for me yet somehow, they are demi-gods.
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Old Today, 09:35 AM
 
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To the OP:

Welcome to the Brave New World, compliments of our ever increasing socialistic leaders (present one excluded) who think they know what is best for you in every aspect of your life. They're going to look out for you and advise/tell you what you need to do whether you want the advice or not.

I was asked similar questions on a doctor visit a couple years ago even though I had been going to this doctor for 10+ years. It may have been because I hadn't been to see this doc for a couple of years that made them ask.

Did they ask you if you owned any guns? Did they ask if you felt suicidal that day? Did they ask if you were feeling depressed that day? The multiple page form that I filled out had numerous of these type questions. They would simply rephrase the question slightly and ask it over and over again.

As to what I own, I told them it's none of their business. Further, I told them I'm feeling fine that day... I'm just there for a routine checkup (which was entirely true).

So, if you think these type inquiries are asking for way more information than they need to know, just be prepared for even more of this crap if certain events happen in the coming months. I'll say no more on this and let you figure out the rest.
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Old Today, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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^^Oh, for crying out loud! None of these non-profits are into "kickbacks".

They are, however, into enlarging their clientele base to ensure their continued existence.
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Old Today, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Very true. Not only do the questions become more intrusive but they become more suspicious. A couple yrs ago, my obnoxious horse sent me flying. I drove myself home from the barn but a couple hours later couldnt move/walk on the leg I landed on. Called an ambulance. The emts and police came, I explained what happened, and then the questions started, did your husband push you down the stairs? Etc etc etc. finally I lost it and said No! The F.... horse threw me! Then the ER starts the same crap! They stereotype so badly! So badly! Lucky nothing was broken, just the kind of bruising you see in an auto accident. But they didnt want to give me crutches, only a walker. I said Why? Their answer: we dont give crutches to the elderly! I lost it again. Told them to give me the d... crutches! They did and I left!
They look at your birthday first before they look or listen to the patient.
I wonder if you had been a man and presented with the same injury, you would have been asked if your WIFE had pushed you down the stairs.

How much of this screening is based, like you say, on stereotypes?
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Old Today, 09:49 AM
Status: "Valentine's Day is coming!" (set 7 hours ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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They are, however, into enlarging their clientele base to ensure their continued existence.
Perhaps, but is it better for someone to go homeless, or without food than to make these referrals? Gosh every other day there's an article about the homeless, or the hungry or whatever.
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Old Today, 09:56 AM
 
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They need another question on the survey, "Do you have an attitude that makes participation in healthcare a problem?". We have online forms we have to fill out before the first visit. Most places have you fill them out while you're in the waiting room. These offices have you fill them out often since the information may have changed.
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Old Today, 10:02 AM
 
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More than likely they have some sort of relationship with some social services agency and get some sort of kickback or backscratching from screening patients for referrals.

Most of the questions they were asking they can't do anything about, anyways. Say I am homeless, what are they going to do, buy me a house? Yes, I know, she said they would refer me to an agency that could help. All agencies do is refer you to other agencies, put you on wait lists, etc. If a solution was so readily available, there wouldn't be so many homeless to begin with
If people do not have a solid place to live, they likely don't have consistent access to basic hygiene needs let alone Rx coverage. Apparently taking a few seconds to answer a question is not worth helping others who really need help.

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give us the names of three emergency contacts -- translation, we might do a background check on you and who you associate with
LOL! Tinfoil hat.

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Who do you live with -- translation, we would also like to do a background check on your family
No. Are there children in the home? Are you supporting someone with medical issues (i.e., is there stress that may contribute to depression)? Are there smokers in the home? etc.

You may want to seek professional treatment for your paranoia.
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Old Today, 10:53 AM
 
Location: West Coast U.S.A.
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Most of the questions they were asking they can't do anything about, anyways. Say I am homeless, what are they going to do, buy me a house? Yes, I know, she said they would refer me to an agency that could help. All agencies do is refer you to other agencies, put you on wait lists, etc. If a solution was so readily available, there wouldn't be so many homeless to begin with
Couldn't agree more. In this day of freely available information, I can find all of those underfunded and overwhelmed agencies on my own. I don't need the doctor's office to do that for me.
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