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Waiting for health care reform

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We can argue the pros and cons of universal health care, single payer options, health care co-ops, yadda, yadda, yadda. But here's the health care reform that I want: the doctor to be on time!!! Let me say first of all that I have a great dentist. I have never waited more than a couple of minutes to have any procedure done, whether it was a routine cleaning or something major. But he may be the exception to the rule. Just recently I had to see a periodontist my dentist had refered me too. I've seen this guy before. He's a nice enough doctor, he explains everthing very well, and is entirely professional. But it was almost 45 minutes from the time I walked into the door until I actually saw him face to gums. The most egregriuous was several years ago after I'd had some surgery. I had to go back to see the doctor, not my regular GP, for a check up about a week later. I waited an hour before a receptionist finally admited, sheepishly, that the doctor wasn't even in the building. He was making rounds at a hospital! When I said I was leaving, she made it sound like I risked total organ failure if I did. Now I understand most doctors are trying to see as many people as possible and things get backed up. But come on, can't the receptionist or someone say "Sorry the doctor's running a little late. Can you stay?" Apparently that would risk my saying "No I can't" and the doctor losing an appointment. I don't have a lot of fancy diplomas on my wall. In fact I got into broadcasting because math and science were way over my head. But my time is still just as valuable as any doctors! At least to me. So in all this talk about health care reform I hope that is one of the considerations. I fear, however, it will only get worse. That will be me in the waiting room with my sleeping bag.


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