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[personal profile] giandujakiss
The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

And all I could think were the lyrics to Sweeney Todd's "Epiphany." ("We all deserve to die!") Because seriously, what a fucking world we've built.

If there's one good thing to come out of Trump's election, it's that the US will permanently lose its status as world leader. Because no one should be looking to us for guidance.

Date: 2017-06-04 03:43 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Only in this case, they are managing health, on behalf of clients more than equipped to pay out of pocket — those for whom, as Dr. Shlain put it, “this is cheaper than the annual gardener’s bill at your mansion.”

!!!

T's cardiologist at Swedish, who basically saved his life by keeping him in cardiac rehab and running test after test when we had no insurance and less money, did something like this a couple of years ago -- I don't know if it was quite this golden-velvet-rope, but it was a very limited, very exclusive private practice, you got instant access to her, personalized care plans, whatever, and either fancy insurance covered it or the people who qualified were so rich they could just pay a flat fee. I think she just got sick of working endless hours and the endless paperwork and endless stress and so on, so she basically formed her own company? from what I can tell, or a couple of them. This is her concierge service doctorspeck.com/services/concierge-internal-medicine This interview with her and her I think business partner gives some details about why they did it and what it is ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684125/

Patient satisfaction must be very, very high. The first part and the last part are absolutely linked. The patient experience is enormously delightful here. It does not look like a medical office. It does not feel like a medical office. People do not dress like they are at a medical office. The colors are vibrant. There is no waiting room, except for a couple of chairs, and you are there for 3 minutes and then you are right in with your physician or right in with your physiologist. The conversations last an hour. There are no appointments shorter than half an hour. You create a sensation. Parking is validated. You come here and you say, “I like coming here.” Then you get the clue to another patient. We ask our patients to fill out surveys and recommend people.

*hands*

However, the guy who actually physically did save T's life in concert with Speck, the cardiac surgeon who put like six stents in one artery instead of doing a bypass, is still at Swedish and still accepting new patients, altho we haven't been able to afford to see him in a while. But he's still accessible....until he retires.

Date: 2017-06-04 06:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cofax7
Ugh.

Date: 2017-06-04 07:22 pm (UTC)
nestra: Jim with his hand on Blair's chest (Oy)
From: [personal profile] nestra
"Because the lives of the wicked should be made brief // For the rest of us death will be a relief."

Date: 2017-06-05 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yatima
You know what's really gross? I know Jordan Shlain from Burning Man. Ugh.

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