Annie, I am not a fan of the medical profession as a whole. While I have met some very good doctors who were focused on the patient (my late father-in-law was lucky enough to have one of those for his final days), for the most part an exam consists of 15 minutes where the physician is trying to put the patient into the proper hole. The preferred (default) hole is, “Patient is fine, bill for having a chat.” Second choice: “Patient needs some meds renewed and/or recurring test run again (otherwise fine)” (this is where I try to fit, since the only reason I go to a doctor is to get my A1c [blood sugar] test done and my prescriptions extended). Another medical favorite: “Patient needs new tests which may or may not be needed but have a good profit margin for our company, and they won’t know about them until they get the bill anyway.” <snarl> Down the list: “Patient actually has a problem and will eat up time and effort to diagnose. Schedule for follow-up.”
I’m trying to find a doctor (or an office) that doesn’t follow the above script, but I’m not hopeful.
Oh, and a few years ago, when I actually had something wrong with me? I went to an immediate care facility, talked to a nice P.A. (I like physician’s assistants — they tend to listen better and be less inclined to rush to judgement) who agreed with my diagnosis, I got my meds, and was out in less than half an hour from when I walked in without an appointment. Very affordable. I shudder at what I’d have gone through in my physician’s office, or if I’d had something that wasn’t so easy even an IT guy could figure it out.
Sounds like I’ve gotten off easy compared to some folks!