When you’re little you think being a doctor is a noble, honest, and INTELLIGENT profession. You hear they study for 12 years of elementary and secondary education, then 4 years of college,4 years of medical school, 3 years of internship, 4 years of residency before they even really have a career.
There are two schools of thought on that level of education. The first says wow 24 years of education he must smart, real smart. The second school of thought, the more jaded one, the one that starts to make sense when as a disabled person you are regularly at their mercy is these guys is that hey tare so Cloistered in their studiesthat they wouldn’t know the real world if it bit them on their collective over educated asses.
Wow Mia you have a real bug about doctors tonight. What’s up you ask?
Well it goes like this. When I was first disabled the doctor said I needed a wheelchair, but wouldn’t commit on paper to the required letter needed to get the insurance to cover it. Without thre letter the best insurance would pay out of $6,000 was the first $500. I ended up building my own. They diagnose you as having an illness in Manhattan, New York but when you ask where the good doctors are they tell you “doctors in Germany are doing wonders,” like the average worker in New York can just jump a plane at the drop of a hat.
The doctor tells me I need an MRI. My medical problems, the MRI requires a complete anesthesia and my doctors know that, but won’t sign off on it so we’re still getting $3,000 bills for the procedure.
The neurologist tells you that you need a certain kind of therapy, but when you look up the therapist recommended the course of therapy is in-patient and $45,000 up front and not covered by insurance.
You finally find someone who is sympathetic and she recommends a service dog for your multiple seizure conditions. You’re told to put your name down on a list and wait yet you were advised the service dog would be good to organize and get right away yet when you call over 40 people you find out the dog you need is between $8,000 and $40,000 dollars and an 18 month waiting list before you start 3 years training. Plus it takes 6-12 months to get on the waiting list?
So these cloistered medical drones think that every single patient can fly internationally, buy $6,000 wheelchairs at the drop of a hat, pay $3,000 every time a doctor asks and buy $40,000 dogs.
The final straw was when my doctor told me to start physical therapy for my lower body to prevent circulation problems and muscular atrophy. I’m told 1-2 hours a week is the minimum. Yet after calling over 100 therapists, who were wrongly advertised or not in the business or actually a few were listed still but dead, only to be told that yes I needed 2-3 hours of therapy but the most the insurance would cover is 20-30 minutes.
I saw a movie once with a doctor who was an arrogant s.o.b. When he had a heart attack he had to be a patient. The experience changed him. He started being compassionate. When will these over paid sponges of the total contents of gray’s anatomy actually realize that while they get paid by drug companies to fly around the world and their medical treatment is comped, ours is not. When we ask, who is a good doctor we mean here in the real world. The one that is connected by subways and buses not airports. Doctors, before you recommend a treatment or a service look at what I’m wearing, the car I drive, the level of insurance I carry before you start me down a path that empties the kids collegefund, drains the 401k and puts the dream of home ownership only still possible because I believe in reincarnation.
In short get real or get gone. We the disabled working community cannot afford your mayo clinic taste with our Medicaid pockets!