“The Side Effects Of Medication” Vs “Our Current Condition”...Part 1

After a Cervical Bone Fusion in 2003, I had started experience severe migraine headaches, so the a neurologist put me on “Butalbital/apap/caffeine”, I had been taking this medication up until June 2012. In June of 2012 a new primary doctor put me on two new medications….

For Migraine Pain: Trexmet 85MG/500MG Tablets

For Migraine Prevention: Topiramate 25 MG (Other Name: Topamax)

The story begins here….

June 21st 2012 was my first appointment with the new male primary doctor. My visit was concerning a cyst on the back of my right hand, a follow-up regarding high blood pressure, other health questions and I needed to refill my medication for migraine headaches.

I brought a list of all the medical doctors that I had seen in the past (so that the new primary care physician, could request my medical records), a list of all medications that I had filled at Walgreens in the last two years and the dictations from the ER from 2010-2012 requesting me to follow-up with my Primary Care.

This new physician never once examined me or requested my medical records. He only looked at the list of previous medications that I had taken, swerved around in his chair, glanced at my hand and said... "yes it a cyst and it needs to be removed"; then began to write prescriptions and refer me to an Orthopedic and Pain Management. After he was done, he said I will see you back in two weeks.

My wait time to see the doctor was over 2 hours, my visit with the doctor seem less than 5 minutes; I didn't feel any compassion and I knew... "no" more than I did before visiting the doctor.

The Physician carried his doctors bag under his left arm from room to room and the visit with him felt rushed...like I was an inconvenient. I was limping behind him, because of the pain from both hips...trying to ask questions about my health, as he was rushing me to the front to checkout.

"Part 2"... will be continued...

Below you will find a little research I've done....
Web Research:
Artical 1: Why Is My Doctor in Such a Hurry

Doctors are paid by insurance and Medicare for every patient they see according to why they see the patient, and what procedures they perform for the patient, and (this is key) not by the amount of time they spend with the patient.

Those amounts are tied to an amount of time, according to the code for the diagnosis or procedure. For procedure A, they will get $X, regardless of how long it takes to complete procedure A. If they take too long, it costs them money. If they take less than the prescribed time, they will have extra time to do something else that can make them more money.

Findings have estimated that on average, patients can expect to spend no more than 10 to 16 minutes with their doctor, depending on the negotiations that doctor has made with that patient's insurance company. It varies from insurance plan to insurance plan, or from Medicare or Medicaid. But the bottom line is, that because doctors are paid for the number of patients and number of procedures, and not how much time any of those take, there is a real incentive for the doctor to spend as little time as possible with each patient.

Therefore, we patients need to do what we can to make sure we maximize our time with our doctors ourselves. It's also important we make sure we get our questions answered.

Author of Artical: Trisha Torrey,

4UWisdom 4UWisdom
46-50, F
Jul 5, 2012