Where I live we have many seasonal guests that actually make sure they try to eliminate all of their health care needs before they return home to Canada.
I know other Canadian residents that had to fly to Europe for procedures such as heart surgery, as the waiting list was longer then the patient was comfortable with. These are real conversations with real people.
Several doctors that I have became friends with here in Nevada have retired or left. A couple of them kept jobs with Hospice or as home health care directors. One even broke a contract with the group that bought him out. They became tired of going to work and being three hours behind as soon as they walked in the door. It's only going to get worse next year. All the private practices have been bought out by large groups, and the large groups suffer from low reimbursements which results in very inefficient medical offices. Now patients in my area are told their doctor has retired and its up to 60 days or longer for an appointment with a new doctor. Most of these same patients need to be seen for medication refills by the new doctor. It's a huge mess already. It's very tough on the elderly patients. If you have an acute illness, you might as well plan on spending half the day at urgent care. Those on Medicaid just head to the ER.
Debunking the Canadian healthcare myths: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_12523427
Doctors have been over scheduling patients for decades now. It's called "strategic understaffing" and it's the same reason you wait online to talk to a customer service rep at Verizon: to guarantee that every billable minute of every day is being used. This is why old people take those appointments in the early morning: because they are up at that time anyway and because the earlier your appointment the more likely you are to be seen somewhat close to your appointment time.
BTW- Medical groups are nothing new and have nothing to do with Obamacare. They are about making money. My GP from 1997-2000 belonged to one, and my GP since then is the managing partner of one. My current GP has a well run office which sees patients within a few minutes of their appointment time. Judging from his house and car, it pays well.
Last edited by Novaheart; 05-26-2013 at 11:45 AM.
Obamacare is a National Healthcare System. And with it, all other insurance company will be going under because they way have it set up is that you don't get to chose who your provider will be. The ones they stick you with will be the select few that are affiliated with obama himself. Basically it comes down to whatever insurance company gave his campaign the most money. This is why everyone is getting upset with it. Botox Crack Smoker Pelosi said we have to pass it to see what is in it. Well now we are seeing and it is not good.
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