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The Death of the Bedside Manner
Wall Street Journal, by Marc Siegel

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Posted By:garnet, 12/27/2013 11:11:51 AM

´It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born," James Joyce wrote famously in his masterpiece "Ulysses." I recently had such an experience when my office manager—who protects me from the daily insurance grind of referrals and approvals and pre-certifications and blood drawing—was out sick. Thus the veil was lifted from my eyes, and I awoke to the harsh realities of our medical future. One patient was severely depressed and needed medication and a referral to a psychiatrist. Another was having trouble breathing from asthma that requires inhalers. A third had a faded rash on

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 12/27/2013 12:11:15 PM     (No. 9669682)

The best physician I ever had, met, or knew about got so "depressed" at his inability to spend the time he needed with his patients to understand their problems, fully and completely, actually turned in his license and took up another profession where bureaucracy and profit did not enter into the equation. He could not stand the 20 minutes and out mandated by his group. A great loss to the medical profession and to me personally, as he became your friend, not just you doctor. ( and I am a senior citizen who during my lifetime have encountered many medical providers ).

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/27/2013 2:02:00 PM     (No. 9669840)

I had a wonderful doctor who cared. He even came to the hospital in the middle of the night when I was in the ER.

He retired because of Obamacare.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/28/2013 1:40:26 AM     (No. 9670429)

Recently, I changed PCP´s because I could not take it anymore. Never saw the doctor (who had a horrible bedside manner), the medical assistant to the NP decided if messages were worth delivering, and in order to make more money, calls weren´t returned, you had to make an appointment. The final straw was not getting a maintenance script filled and faxes from the pharmacy ignored.

When I finally saw the new doc, the receptionist spent the entire time I was in the office trying to enroll in Zippycare.

How unfortunate doctors today don´t know the staff is running the patients off.

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