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Ontario Doctor Uses Lotteries To Pare Down Patient List

 
 
Miller
 
Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 06:30 am
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Miller
 
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Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 06:36 am
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... recently informed all the patients he had not seen in the previous two years that he was dropping them from the practice so he could take on new patients
with more medical need.


Perhaps the patients not seen for 2 years were very sick, but couldn't afford to pay the physician.

Perhaps those patients who frequented the medical office ( more often than once in 2 years ) are really hypochondriacs, who're searching for "love" and attention from the MD.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Wed 6 Aug, 2008 07:44 am
And yet Hillbama wants nationalized health care.... Evil or Very Mad
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Miller
 
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Reply Fri 8 Aug, 2008 07:22 am
Never in our life times!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Fri 8 Aug, 2008 08:28 am
I don't see a problem with a lottery. Doctors are business people, not slaves. It is up to them to decide their level of practice. Actually, I see nothing wrong with "cherry picking". IMO no doctor is obliged to take on all comers as patients.

In a related incident, we once met with an accountant. He told us that he realized that 5% of his clients were giving him 90 percent of his aggravation. He wrote a letter to each of the 5%, stating that he could no longer service their accounts. He said that his life had become so much calmer since he made his move, and that he is so much happier in his work.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 8 Aug, 2008 09:24 am
Nest thing you know, Doctors will be demanding the right to vote.
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Miller
 
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Reply Sat 9 Aug, 2008 08:50 am
If Docs set up lotteries, how about other service providers?

Consider the RN on a hospital ward. To whom does she owe "attention"? The patient who yells the loudest? The US Senator with the brain tumor?
The single mother on welfare who lacks health insurance?

Lotteries sound like a good idea, until you're the one on the short end of the stick, sitting in a pool of urine, and waiting for a hospital bed pan...
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 10 Aug, 2008 07:41 am
silly me, I thought the Doc was in private practice.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 10 Aug, 2008 08:11 am
Miller wrote:
If Docs set up lotteries, how about other service providers?

Consider the RN on a hospital ward. To whom does she owe "attention"? The patient who yells the loudest? The US Senator with the brain tumor?
The single mother on welfare who lacks health insurance?

Lotteries sound like a good idea, until you're the one on the short end of the stick, sitting in a pool of urine, and waiting for a hospital bed pan...


Miller- You are comparing apples with oranges. A nurse in a hospital is working under the direction of the hospital administration, and must adhere to certain rules.

To make the comparison equal, one might compare a doctor with a private duty nurse who, IMO has the right to accept or reject an assignment with a particular patient.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 10 Aug, 2008 08:17 am
It is very common for doctors to limit their practices. Many will not take patients with certain insurance plans. A lottery is simply another way to choose how they want to work.
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