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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 09:08 AM
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62. I'm so glad your wife
got the treatment she needed!

The SARS issue is a sleeping giant. My whole family, and most of my friends and aquaintances, will not go to a doctor except as a last resort. It's a chunk of work time we can't afford to miss, and after waiting 2 or three hours to actually see the doctor (with an appointment made ahead of time), they simply take your vitals and send you off to another round of offices for blood tests, xrays, or whatever; a separate office, appointment, and waiting line (and office visit fee) for all. Then another appointment with the doctor to put all of the test results together and talk to you about it. It seems set up to discourage people from using it, and many people don't. If they have flu-like symptoms, they keep going and ignore it. Or, if it gets worse, take to their beds and wait for it to go away. And those are people who actually have coverage. Think about how many office visits one diagnosis may take for people who have to pay cash, and it's easy to see why they don't go.

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