[Homestead] Tell me again why Republicans are good for people
lurine at softcom.net
Thu Dec 4 16:16:42 EST 2008
O.K., GPs don't do paperwork. They have staff do it. Almost all are now
computerized, even the little bitty tiny burg I live in. GPs and doctors in
general simply sign off on paperwork that they staff generates.
Now, I used to do the paperwork and I can tell you that it is LESS onerous
now than it used to be. 20 to 30 years ago you had individual forms for
each and every single insurance company. Each and every form had to be
signed by the patient. It was beyond a PITA. Now almost all use the same
forms, you get a signature from your patients once and have it on file and
the forms are computer generated.
I just think all this carping about paperwork is cop-out!
----- Original Message -----
From: <eureka at hctc.net>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 9:42 AM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Tell me again why Republicans are good for people
>I recently read an article that said 70 percent of all GPs
> replied in a study that they were unhappy with their jobs
> and would gladly change professions if they could. They
> cited the biggest problem as all the paperwork the
> insurance companies require, that they spend half their
> day doing paperwork and the other half rushing patients
> through. The article also said there are very few med
> students that want to become GPs, it's much more lucrative
> to become a specialist, and that there will be a shortage
> of GPs in the future. I know our own GP has recently
> started to cancel our appointments with little more than 2
> hours notice, and I can only presume he has decided to
> golf. As much as I like him and feel he is competent in
> diagnosis, we are shopping around for a new one.
> So once again, it's the insurance companies who are
> causing the problem, instead of helping. If they don't get
> the hmo paperwork out of whatever the solution is going to
> be, I can't see the situation changing much.
> On Thu, 4 Dec 2008 11:22:25 -0600
> "Marie McHarry" <mmcharry at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 10:55 AM, bob ford
>><bobford79 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> I do agree with you that national centralized
>>>health-care is a bad idea. But, only because I think it
>>>will not work as advertised and will lead to rationing
>>>and lower the standards of health care for everone in the
>>>country except the very rich..................
>> Just like Medicare has done.
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