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Two patients

Discussion in 'Hangout' started by strmrdr, Jun 4, 2006.

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  1. strmrdr
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    by strmrdr » Jun 4, 2006
    Two patients



    Two patients limp into two different
    Medical clinics with the same complaint.
    Both have trouble walking and appear
    To require a hip replacement.

    The first patient is examined within the hour,
    Is x-rayed the same day and
    Has a time booked for surgery
    The following week.


    The second sees the family doctor after waiting
    a week for an appointment,
    Then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist,
    Then gets an x-ray,
    Which isn''t reviewed for another month
    And finally has his surgery scheduled
    For a year from then.

    Why the different treatment for
    The two patients?

    The first is a Golden Retriever;
    The second is a Senior Citizen.
     
  2. dani13
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    by dani13 » Jun 4, 2006
    lol lol[​IMG] So true Strm!!!!
     
  3. Apsara
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    by Apsara » Jun 4, 2006
    What''s the point of this story (seriously--I truly don''t get it)? I''ve known many seniors who''ve had hip replacements and it''s nothing like that. Plus, the comparison between veterinary and human medicine is apples to oranges. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. msdarlinjoy
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    by msdarlinjoy » Jun 4, 2006
    Hi Storm! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I get it! [​IMG]

    Missed your humor! [​IMG]

    Take care!
    [​IMG]
     
  5. cinnabar
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    by cinnabar » Jun 4, 2006
    Who pays for the dog''s treatment? Or is that the point of the joke? People pay for pets when they won''t pay for the elderly?

    It''s not really humour any ways round [​IMG]
     
  6. msdarlinjoy
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    by msdarlinjoy » Jun 4, 2006
    I think of this as "Tongue in cheek" ...

    It''s not like it''s supposed to be "Tickle me funny", it''s more "Rolling my eye''s and it''s soooo true, tongue in cheek" funny. Maybe funny isn''t the right word? dunno?

    I guess my take on it is ... that because it''s a dog who needs a hip replaced and the owner is going to plop down "cash" ... it''s gonna get taken care of fast.

    Unfortunately for us humans, we all have that red-tape bureacratic mess called "Managed Health Care" and it takes forever to get to see the doctor (COPAY), then he''s got to order some xrays, of couse at the facility that he is at because it supports his paycheck and building(COPAY), then you have to make another appt with him to discuss the xrays (COPAY), oh then he''s got to send you to an Orthopedic specialist (COPAY), and he''s got to get add''l MRI''s and of course done at his facility where it benefits his paycheck (COPAY), and then weeks later after it is read by a radiologist (COPAY) because it''s not an emergency, it''s realized that you would benefit from a hip replacement, Make another appt with specialist (COPAY) to talk about surgery, and of course his block time at the hospital is already used up until December of ''06 ... [​IMG]

    Sometimes, I think it would be great being a dog!
    Ok, I think I would want to be Mara''s poochie [​IMG], Portia, I could enjoy my masters baubles too!

    Everyone have a wonderful day!
    [​IMG]
     
  7. tawn
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    by tawn » Jun 5, 2006
    I got it too!

    Dogs don''t have to deal with HMO''s!
     
  8. diamondfan
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    by diamondfan » Jun 5, 2006
    Just having gotten a puppy, I get it too. There is no inurance issues regarding a dog''s care. You go in , you get what you need and you pay for it. No run around. For people it is altogether different, sad to say.
     
  9. Apsara
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    by Apsara » Jun 5, 2006
    Ah, yes. True. That''s part of the "apples and oranges" of comparing veterinary medcine to human medicine.Another is that while not cheap (I have four dogs), veterinary care is MUCH less expensive comparatively than the same treatment for humans. And years ago, that dog would have been "put down" while the trend today is to pull out all the stops for companion animal care (as I do, for sure). VPI is starting to catch on but given the lifespan of dogs (with which I am most familiar so I can speak to it) and the cost of VPI monthly, you are better off investing the monthly premiums then drawing on the money when you need it. Suze Orman actually did an analysis on this on one of her shows.

    I think it comes down to the type of insurance also. I have never seen anyone wait a year or an operation in the US. But the red tape can be horrible. Our healthcare system is still not--and may never be--"fixed."

    The most compelling thing I have ever heard in a discussion about veterinary and human medical treatment is when a vet friend said to me, "We are lucky at vets--we have the option to end suffering when there is no hope, and help facilitate the gift of peace." I see so many older people suffering with terminal conditions, asking for relief but we can''t do it. But that''s a whooooole other discussion, isn''t it?
    [​IMG]
     
  10. strmrdr
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    by strmrdr » Jun 5, 2006

    yep....
     
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    by strmrdr » Jun 5, 2006
    My Orthopedic doc is backed up 4 weeks right now for office visits and around 5 on surgery and he has his own team.
    If its an emergency you can get it done but for none emergency there is a fairly long wait.

    Lack of surgical nurses is the biggest hold up on surgery.
    The clinics are searching the country to hire there own around here to bypass the waiting lists.
    There are plenty of surgeons and anaesthesiologists but a huge shortage of the rest of the people needed.
    On the floors its starting to get a little better but the lack of staff is backing up into the icu and recovery rooms also when they dont have anyplace else that can care for them after they dont need that level anymore but need more than once every hour a cna visits care.
     
  12. dani13
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    by dani13 » Jun 5, 2006
    I got it right away...not only am I a dog-owner, but I am also a nurse!!!
     
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