Friday, June 13, 2008
Things are really getting bad in the realm of wacky patient expectations!!!
My medical assistant brought me a phone message and explained "This person says she is your patient (I've never seen her and my practice is closed with rare exception) and she has swollen glands and she thinks it is strept and she wants you to phone in Z-Pack". The pharmacy number was kindly provided.
My reply: "Are you kidding me? Call her back and tell her we will get her in today for an appointment". (Same day appointment for a new patient...quite an offer!)
Medical Assistant a few minutes later: "I spoke to her husband. He says she doesn't want to come in. They will find another doctor who will call in a prescription".
Me: "Hahaha. They will make tons of phone calls and won't even find a doctor who will take a new patient, let alone call in a prescription for someone they have never seen."
(What part of poor medical care, medical-legal risk, doctor slavery and abuse, doctor shortage, entitled Americans do they not understand?)
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 5:33 PM