Coming To A Practice Near You: ‘Doctor Will See All Of You Now’ at IBD Editorials. A eye opening realization of what lies ahead in American health care, if the Democrats have their way. This is what Barack Obama promised after all. Health care for all. It’s already happening in Massachusetts.
You are sitting in a doctor’s waiting room with eight other sick patients, and the nurse announces: The doctor will see all of you now — at the same time. That’s how the Boston Globe recently described shared visits that are being used to cope with the long waits now customary in Massachusetts.
Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama are planning that the new Democratic Congress’ first order of business will be to extend the Massachusetts health care mistake to all 50 states. Like other legislative rush-acts (i.e., the 2007 amnesty bill and the 2008 bailouts), details are currently withheld to avoid giving members of Congress and the public adequate time to analyze the bill before the vote is called.
Envision like symptomed patients being carted off to be evaluated.
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Safety in numbers from the latex gloves?
“Latex exam glove.”
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Defending the practice of group visits, one doctor told the Boston Globe: “People came to me with similar complaints, and I had these canned speeches.” The doctor does not ask the patients to take off their clothes in front of the group — he makes do with less effective, fully clothed examinations.
The group session consists mostly of hearing other people’s complaints, while the doctor dishes out advice in front of all the patients. Privacy and modesty are gone, but you can pick up the germs of the other sick patients in the room with you.
One doctor observed that “this is not the type of medical care anyone with a modicum of intelligence would want.” Is this the change Obama promised?
“Daily Cattle Drives. 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.”
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So get yourself ready to be carted around in groups for your medical encounters in the near future. Individualized patient health care will be relegated to the history books, and you can wait for something better until the cows come home.