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Is Your Doctor Playing Judge? - Women's Health - MSNBC.Com

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Jacki H (8)
Friday June 22, 2007, 9:41 am
I went to the doctor recently and was verbally put down because he had worked me into his schedule and what he thought might be my problem wasn't. I am sick and tired of being demeaned because there is nothing exotic wrong with me. I have worked in hospitals and for private practices. I don't just go to the doctor for any little thing. I have to really be sick to make an appointment. Now, I am having issues that are getting increasingly worse and can't bring myself to see someone. I don't cry wolf - to be honest it costs too much money to run and seek medical assistance at the drop of a hat. The costs for 'visits' and medication are too great. I'm not elderly and I don't understand how the elderly can live. It breaks my heart to see them spend so much money for medications that should be more affordable. Please forgive me for rambling on, this is just very close to my heart.

Lil Judd (70)
Friday June 22, 2007, 10:48 am
My headaches & ear ache I've really had to fight to get help with because that kind of pain doesn't happen. I would probably no have gotten my ear surgery unless I by luck just had to see another doctor & got a second opinion. My GP has not been helpful with my headaches as no one has a headache 24 hours each day, 7 days each week, 52 weeks out of the year for over 5 years....

Great - please tell my body & especially my head that.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:21 pm
If you are NOT satisfied with a doctor's treatment, please seek a second or even a third opinion. As in every profession, there are good docs and bad ones. Unfortunately, because of the American public's new view that suing a doctor is the new American lottery, we are losing great doctors to early retirement, to relocation or to research. If you want America to regain it's former status as the best place in the world for medical innovation, please write to your senatorsand congreesmen/women, for tort reform. Prevent greedy trial lawyers from keeping our physicans from remaining here and practicing good medicine.

Mara G (411)
Friday June 22, 2007, 1:05 pm
I only wish that the average citizen could afford multiple opinions and "thats" part of the problem. The average person can't even afford "one" visit to the Doctors no less second and third opinions because of the extreme cost to say nothing of the elderly and disabled who are "stuck" in HMO's or Medicare/ Medicaid insurance plans. The affability of the drugs, yet another whole issue. We have a broken system and while I am typing this comment, countless Americans living in the "richest" country in the world, are suffering without proper medical attention, without their desperately needed medication, and "dieing", literally!! Its an American travesty and only getting worse by the minute. As a disability advocate, I only wish that the public could witness what I have witnessed and how wrong it is to what we are doing. I pray for change. Thank you Jacki for this article. Noted with a hard push. I'm sorry Tru but several huge studies have been conducted concerning Doctors being sued and whether or not it had any effect in the lowering the quality of our medical services and all the studies have proved that in fact, they have raised the quality of our medical practices, but gave "insurance" companies to raise their rates for malpractice suites. It is not only Medical and Insurance "propaganda", but are "not" supported by any substantial evidence. Just the opposite is actually true. I mean no disrespect my dear friend, but these are my lifelong studies and very important to the cause of "improving" our very important medical system.

Jacki H (8)
Friday June 22, 2007, 1:32 pm
Thank you, Ron, for your note and response. I have an 82 year old friend who has been diagnosed with heart problems. Several months ago she saw her specialist because she was experiencing some problems. During the exam the doctor said that yes there is a problem and followed that statement by saying to make another appointment to be seen in 4 months. It's difficult to see on doctor without having to "shop" around. In my honest opinion health care has gone way down since I was a child. Some doctors see their 'patients' as numbers. For heaven's sake, they don't remember who is who anymore because they are running around from room to room trying to 'see' as many people as possible. If I've offended anyone out there, so be it. This is a forum for folks to speak their minds and everyone must remember you cannot fault anyone for their opinion. You may not agree with what is being said but it is mine.

Barry Seth (118)
Saturday June 23, 2007, 9:56 pm
When my younger son was two he had three different surgeries, tubes in his ears, his toncillis and adnoids out, and a hernia. the ENT that did the tubes and toncillis adnoids was (and still is - he has become our family ENT !!) fantastic. The hernia surgeon thought he was God's gift to the world. While he was explaining what was going to happen, we obviously were asking questions. He basically told us to shut up and listen to him. HE was the surgeon, HE knows what he is doing, and everything would be alright. My wife and I were flabbergasted that someone would act this way at a Children's hospital, especially because of the excellent service we had been given up to that point ( our older son was born with a congenital heart defect, pulmonic stenosis - corrected at 2 month of age and he is doing great now). We were really at his mercy, so we told him to go ahead with the proceedure.

A very close friend of mine had heart surgery 10 years ago. He was not checked as he was supposed to be checked. Now he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It also turns out 2 stents failed and his heart can not tolerate the cancer surgery. The doctor told him if he thinks he will live 5-10 years do this, and if the thinks he will live 10-20 years do this. His wife tried to shut the Dr. up because she knew where he was headed, but he said basically I'm the doctor, I went to school for this, I know what I'm talking about, you just sit there and be quiet (he did say that!!!). Well my friend went into depression and thought he had 5 years max. Between myself, my wife, his wife and other friends we all tried to get our friend to go to the Mayo Clinic.......but he would not go. I even got him the names of another Cardiologist and Urologist who specializes in prostate cancer, both of whom areat another local hospital. But he is staying with the first group at the first hospital. He is having heart surgery the week of July 4 and then cancer surgery in October or November. Why is he staying with the first group without a consult, you may ask. His cardiologist is a personal friend. Isn't that called conflict of interest????????

Moonfly T (166)
Thursday July 5, 2007, 8:37 pm
Thank you for posting this! I think the medical profession should be responsible for treating their patients and/or giving their patients ALL the information they need to make decisions, regardless of their religious beliefs or just because they feel like it or not!

Barry Seth (118)
Thursday July 5, 2007, 9:24 pm
An update to my friends heart surgery.......

He had surgery this past Monday and came through with flying colors. I talked to him once he got comfortable in recovery. He sounded great.
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