Urgent Care in a Not so Urgent Way

Burning up...

Having a fever is no fun.. it just adds another dimension to how horrible you are already feeling!
Having a fever is no fun.. it just adds another dimension to how horrible you are already feeling! | Source

Setting the Scene

It's Monday night. My husband and I are getting ready to call it a day so we can get up early and get our morning workout in. However, just as I was about to lay my head down on the pillow, I hear my son in the other room start to scream. Immediately my mom sense takes over and I jump out of bed and head into his room to see what the matter is.

My son is screaming and coughing a low raspy dry cough, so forcefull it is almost causing him to start throwing up. He is burning up just to the touch, but to verify my mom doctor senses, we checked with the thermometor to see he truly was running a fever. An hour later, his fever was under control and he was back asleep.

The morning came way to quickly, yet I was anxious to get my workout knocked out of the way for the day. So I was up and ready. I jabbed my husband to wake him and walked downstairs to get everything set up. Our friend came over and my husband finally made it down the stairs, moaning and groaning the entire time. Now he was sick!

Our household has been caught up in this head cold for months. The coughs and the sniffles just don't seem to go away. Yet my husband added a new item to this already "pain in the butt" cold by adding naseau and puking to the menu as well. I already knew this was going to be a long week... and he ended up calling in sick for the day.

I continued with my normal daily routine, waking up our daughters and getting them ready for school. One headed out... the other stayed home. She too was not feeling good. By the time my son woke up, he still had the dry raspy cough. I knew it was time to do something. So off to the doctor we go... at least that was the plan.

Can I get an appointment please

Luckily for us, our new insurance was already set in place. This would have been an issue last year, but now our situation has changed and we have the option of going to the doctor. Last year we had just moved and trying to get medical assitance for the kids was nearly impossible and frankly, as close to a joke as I can imagine without laughing.

So we grabbed out our insurance cards, and called to make an appoinment with our doctor. Yet, there was no appointment available until next week.

To me, this is a problem. What is the point of having a primary care physician if you can't get in when you truly need them? So, that leaves us with only one other option... time to head to Urgent Care.

For those that know me, I am not a person who easily goes to the doctor. I have had my fair share of quakes that have done little to assist me or I have paid my hard earned money to so they can recommend a medicine over the counter. If I am going to medicate myself with medicine I can easily get ahold of, I see no point in spending my money on the middleman. However, when my 2 year old son has a raspy cough, I got concerned. This could turn into something much worse and with a very limited vocabulary, I can not communicate with him what is truly the matter. This is the only reason I opted for Urgent Care that day.

Looking for a sense of urgency... you won't find it here!

Don't run to get to Urgent Care because you know you are just going to sit around and wait!
Don't run to get to Urgent Care because you know you are just going to sit around and wait!

Where is the sense of urgency?

Now I do get it... if there are a lot of sick people out there, Urgent Care might be your only option. However, know that you are going to have to wait and you probably won't be seeing a doctor that you trust. After all, people will go to the Urgent Care for anything not suitable for emergency room - yet anything they are worried about (you know - like an infected hangnail!)

So with that knowledge, and already feeling antsy because of my hatred toward going to the doctor... we signed in both kids and waited... and waited... and waited!

After 2 hours and some very antsy kids, we finally got called back into a room to be greeted by an extremely rude nurse. Not a good first impression.

Once we were sitting in the room, we were once again playing the waiting game. This time wondering when the doctor would finally grace us with his or her presence.

When she finally came in, she did a quick check on both my daughter and my son. We talked to her briefly about the entire family being sick; even asked if she could look at my husband's ears (since he didn't think of signing in with both the sick kids) She refused to look at anyone else (which could be regulation so I can't blame her) and told my husband he was more than welcome to go back and sign in on the sheet and wait again.

All and all... we waited for 2 and a half hours for about 5 minutes of facetime... that was for both kids. At least she gave the kids antibiotics.

Back to the Waiting Game

The next day, my husband called in sick again. He was back to not keeping anything down. So I suggested he get up early and get to Urgent Care right away. Unfortunately, he couldn't get out of bed until a little later and didn't get there until after 9 a.m. To avoid taking the kids and exposing them to more unnecessary germs, I stayed home and let him wait it out by himself.

This time, he ended up waiting for 3 hours. When the doctor came in, he clicked the stop watch to see how long he would spend discussing the issues he was having: clogged ears and ear pain, being sick, and not being able to keep anything down.

The doctor barely looked at him. Gave him 3 minutes of his time, and handed him an excuse from work and a post it note telling him what he could pick up to remove the excess wax from his ear. The only acknowledgment that went to his throwing up, was a diet plan to follow.

It was a complete waste of a day!

How about you?

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I am calling BS

Now I am not really happy with this whole situation. After all, we went to the doctor for help... we even paid for the help. Now, I don't think they did anything that I would be willing to pay the amount they are going to charge my insurance company.

While I give the first doctor props for at least treating my kids with an antibiotic for an infection - they did nothing for my husband. His ears have been bothering him for the past 3 weeks to the point of it affecting his hearing. And while he is back at work, he is still not feeling too good. In fact, most people in our family have been dragged down from this cold.

So I stand by what I said early - I still don't trust going to the doctors if they are going to recommend over the counter medicines instead of doing their job.

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What to do...

Naturally, I wasn't sure how to deal with this issue, so I reached out on Facebook to see what other people have said.

Other than writing about the problems with our healthcare system, someone is going to have to be notified. The first step is to contact the insurance company. After all, this Urgent Care was quick to take the copay, but not so quick to render the services needed. The next suggestion is to contact the Urgent Care and ask for the administrator and report the problem.

Unfortunately, because it was mainly my husband's treatment, I can't place the complaints myself, so this is going to land on his shoulders. Fortunately, my husband also works with insurance and knows the ins and outs of how this works. Only we found out to late that this particular Urgent Care is already under investigation for services that we have already experienced. However, at least we can add to the list and maybe get them shut down.

From now on - we wait for the appointment with a doctor we can actually trust!

Another sad story

Urgent Care Medical Offices - Not All They're Cracked Up to Be - If you have ever had a bad experience in the Urgent Care, you are definately not alone. Here is another story of how the Urgent Care didn't do the job they are meant for!

Do you have a story about how you were mistreated in the Urgent Care. Please let me know and I will link to your story as well!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Way to go! You know - look at that - for every one person who had the guts to complain I bet there were dozens who didn't do anything about it which just allows the problem to continue on.

And I LOVE how you pointed out exactly how you handled it - lots of people don't know who to complain to or they complain to the wrong people! Up and Everything!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I can so relate to your hub. I think I have about ten hubs worth of rants that I could write. These doctors make so much for money and for what. To say here go clean your ears.

Have to ask what Urgent Care is..I take it it's not a hospital emergency department.

After three months of waiting for my ankle to get better I've now been told that it's not healing properly and that I might have to have surgery. So now I'm waiting for a specialist to call me as to when I can go and see if I need the surgery or not. The original doc that looked at my x-rays after the cast came off retired shortly after he told me that my ankle x-rays looked fine. #*#*#**!!!

Well I hope that your husband gets feeling better soon and that the kids are feeling better too.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I am still looking at different ways to bring this to attention. Writing was just a great relief off of my brain really. I was almost thinking of contacting City Hall or something. The lack of customer service just irritates me... and if you think about it... if they do a universal healthcare system it is just going to be like this everywhere. I find it crap you can't get into your actual doctor... man, I could just go on and on! LOL


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - Urgent Care is like a step down from the Emergency Room... it is like going to the emergency room but without the cost. They have extended hours compared to doctor's offices and what not.

My husband's ear was just the final straw. It has been clogged for weeks. We have tried heat... we have tried ear candling, we have tried drops for wax and we have tried peroxide. That means there is something behind the ear drum that can't be reached... most likely an infection which will cause additional wax. The fact that the doctor just assumed it wax is dumbfounding. If there is water behind the ear drum it could case massiver problems. What a headache.

I hear you on your leg. My mother-in-law had surgery on her foot and it is still swollen years later. It healed wrong and there is nothing they can do for it. I hope they figure out how to make yours better. But at least on the positive side you definately don't have to do any shoveling this year! :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I'm back....Here in the city where I live if you don't like your doctor it's too bad because we have such a shortage of doctors. The one I have is a total idiot. He has miss-diagnosed my husband so many times now, its crazy. It took the doc one year of me complaining about my back to find out that I had a herniated disc. This was because I kept insisting that he order an MRI to find it. I could on and on too :)

One of the things my husband was miss-diagnosed with was water on the ear. The doc wouldn't even look at his ear.


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GClark 4 years ago from United States

As to what action you could take that might make a difference, I would suggest writing a powerful letter laying out everything in a straight forward way and address it to the Board of Directors of the company, hospital, etc. where you experienced anything but urgent care. First call or use the internet to get the name and address of this person and then send the letter registered mail so he or she will have to sign for it. Be sure in your letter that you expand on how the length of time and treatment recommended for your husband and be sure to point out that you might have a case for negligence, etc. against all medical personnel involved should your husband end up losing his hearing or having his health compromised seriously in any way. Whether this was a hospital or private clinic a costly lawsuit filed along with the resulting negative publicity should get their immediate attention. If you don't get satisfaction you could also write a blog and attempt to attract others who have had similar treatment and then turn it into a class action lawsuit.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Oh, boy--don't get me up on MY soapbox, here!

I am under the free "county healthcare" system, and I hear you about a not-very-funny joke!

It was horrible. I was going to tell you about it, but it would end up far too long for just a comment. You've inspired me. I'm going to write my own Hub about my experience, and add to the voices raised against this system.

Voted up, interesting and useful. (Too bad there's no button for "maddening!")


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - It is amazing how much education these people are suppossed to have and how much money they make because we trust them with our health. While I don't expect perfection everytime if it is something that baffles everybody, I don't get the sheer lack of bed side manners and the laziness. Hello - we are paying for it in the end so if we insist on a test because we know ourselves better than the doctor... they should also be listening to us as well. Sorry your doctor is such an idiot. I don't even know my doctor because I don't even go see them! Although the water on your husband's ear... I might have to look into that. Maybe that is the problem my husband has as well!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@GClark - Thank you so much for the information. I am definately going to have to check into that a little further. After all, I do know the clinic is under investigation as of right now, but I wonder how many others have felt they were treated badly and lacking the care they went there for. Thanks so much!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@DzyMsLizzy - Sorry to hear that commenting on your situation would leave such a long comment that you can't do it... however, if that means writing a hub and getting your voice heard... it is well worth it. Let me know when you have it published and I will go ahead and link it in with this story as well. When it comes to healthcare - it is time the people spoke up for the crap they are getting! Can't wait to read your hub!


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

A doctor that you can really trust, that is optimistic.

Add competent, attentive, and available and now you have to be super optimistic.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

One thing that will help your husband's ear is one drop of alcohol in each ear after showering daily. This will dry out the ear and create an acidic environment that bacteria cannot grow in. The culprit is probably pseudomonas aeruginosa. After a few weeks or months, all the bacteria will be cleared out and his ears will be fine. This is what swimmers do for their ears to keep them from getting infected all of the time. I used to be a swimmer and a microbiologist, so I know.

I have worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years and I may have seen it all. People on the outside have no idea how rude, abusive and stupid doctors and nurses can be. Double your estimate right off the bat.

I've seen nurses offer post-op patients who were begging for pain pills a toothbrush because that would make them "feel better". I've seen out and out murder. Negligence, you bet. And as for insurance companies - they have a very dark and horrid special place in the lowest of hells. Actually, it is insurance companies that have caused health care costs to go through the stratosphere. And it is negligence and obstineance that keeps the insurance companies in business.

If possible, fire your insurance company and deal directly with your doctors, they will treat you better and more often since they will be doing the work they want to do, not the continuous fight with the insurance companies over how patients should be treated and the tons of paperwork that insurance companies require.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ib radmasters - I can see I am not the only one that feels this way. We did have a good doctor once but she ended up moving for family reasons. How unfortunate to find someone you really trust to have them leave! :(


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ib radmasters - I can see I am not the only one that feels this way. We did have a good doctor once but she ended up moving for family reasons. How unfortunate to find someone you really trust to have them leave! :(


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Austinstar - I will definately have to try that trick for the ear. I don't think it is actual swimmer's ear, I think it is an infection that needs antiobiotics but unfortunately you can't get those without the aid of a doctor.

As for doctor's and insurance... they are both a necessary evil. My husband works for the insurance company and has learned so much by doing such. I guess because of that, I realize the necessity of having it. It is a protection barrier. Doctors have been known to charge more for those without insurance because it is a negotiation between the two. However, there are some doctors out there that will be understanding and be fair and there are insurance companies that will try to control the doctors out there. It really is a check and balance system if you think about it. Really - the question could be who is really to blame for the politics behind closed doors. However, I know my husband is more versed in this because not only does he work in a hospital with doctors and nurses, but he also sees it from the other side - the insurance side. I can't honestly say which is the lessor of the two evils.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yes it is an ear infection and no, he doesn't need prescription anti-biotics. Alcohol is an anti-biotic. Try it and see. If it doesn't work, you will be no worse off. The infection is probably mild and the doctor cannot see it.

I have to disagree with you on the insurance thing. When I started out 34 years ago, health insurance was new. Now it is a multi-billion dollar industry and it got that way by introducing fear into the minds of sick people. The insurance companies now own the politicians and that is why health care reform is impossible.

I am joining the ranks of the uninsured and I won't go back. They have never been helpful during any of my medical complaints and in fact they actually refuse to pay and dare you to do anything about it. Co-pays are so high now that it's much more efficient to pay the doctor directly and eliminate the middle man.

If you take the $400 to $800 a month that you pay for insurance and put it in a health savings account, you will be ever so much better off. Even catastrophic illnesses and accidents can be paid for in cash on a payment plan. The doctors won't come and reposes your heart valves or re-inject you with cancer cells.

Insurance companies are the same as snake oil salesmen. They sell you something you don't need and can't really use. It's harming us all.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a very valid hub and rant. I could go on and on about my nightmares! My daughter is 2 1/2. The first year of her life she stayed sick because she was in daycare (this is the biggest reason I am a stay at home Mom now). She had a fever and rash one night. We went to the ER and waited. After 3 hours an older lady in the waiting room was crying with chest pain. She suffered so long she decided to call 911 to the emergency room. The men came in and took her to the ambulance then came in and told the staff she needed quick attention. Because of the nightmares and extra germs, I will no longer use emergency rooms either. Very well done!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Austinstar - I will definately have my husband try the alcohol. As you said... he won't be any worse off than if he didn't try it. He is working tonight and won't be home until about noon tomorrow so we will have to see then.

As for the insurance companies... I can't hold an argument for anything since I just don't understand the politics behind it. However, we mostly use our insurance for well checks because of small kids. The few we had to pay for out of pocket were pricy and while I know it isn't free with insurance because you are paying on it monthly... I let my husband make those decisions because he is the one with the job and also the one that knows how it works from the insurance company side and the doctors side. I don't get it. But I do know without insurance... I definately won't go to the doctor. Not that I really go anyway! LOL ;)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@TammySwallow - I have to say... I have noticed a major change in the health of my kids since I have become a stay at home mom. However, on a bad note, I have also realized how subjected they are to the germs from my husband working in an Emergency Room. Ah - that is life. But I hate subjecting them to Emergency Rooms or Urgent Cares because of all the unnecessary germs floating around. I know my immune system isn't always good and I am quick to catch a cold that won't go away. I hope my kids didn't inherit my bad immunity. Yet this cold that is going around seems to be sticking around and making itself at home. Now my other daughter has it and hopefully the over the counter stuff will work! Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed my little rant! :)


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Thanks for the link! ;-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Your very welcome... let's get the word out!! :)


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

This is too sad. I hate the doctor and I hate spending my money on the doctor. I know they are there for a good reason, but remember when I went to the emergency room because I was in so much pain? They put me on morphine and did a bunch of tests... I can't even imagine how expensive that was to mom and dad... and then said I had a pulled muscle in my stomach. That was the last time I went to the doctor... besides the one at school which I don't count because it was just a nurse that was legally allowed to do some basic tests. That was for the strep throat that I had 3 times in a few months. Still that was decent service compared to what you experienced. It makes me angry that you had to experience it!


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GClark 4 years ago from United States

It seems you have hit on a hot and timely topic. Just looked at my original comment and found that for some reason all of the extra info I added before hitting change comment somehow didn't show up. That included info on specifics of my own personal experience and that of friends. It finally took my going to the ER a few weeks ago when could barely walk and was in constant pain. Had seen several specialists prior to that and on top of that had several current MRIs and CAT scans and was told they couldn't see anything that would account for the pain that was excruciating. The ER doctor turned out to be incredible - had told him he should be able to access the MRI and CT scans and he actually looked at those before coming to talk with me. He was definite about what he thought was the major source of the pain. My scans showed a herniated disc in lumbar area that he was sure was pressing on sciatic nerve demonstrated by all of the other symptoms I had. Why didn't the other specialists figure it out? They had ordered the original scans.

By the way, prior to this had seen a primary care doctor who didn't even examine me but ended up giving me a prescription. She spent maybe a total of 10 minutes with me entering the info I gave her into her computer and when asked if she knew what was going on indicated that she didn't but gave me the prescription anyway.

We all need to start being much more proactive and do additional research ourselves into the background of any doctor we are thinking of consulting and also contribute any bad experiences we have had with certain doctors so others can be alerted.

All in all, it is very frustrating. GClark


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I think my hate towards going to the doctors stems back to my initial surgery back in 2000. That whole mess probably could have been avoided and the doctor screwed up. I know the doctors are human, but the training they receive to do the stuff like this should make them above average to find out what is wrong. I once went to the emergency room because I had a bite on my leg. The spot was turning black and it was swollen and then I got a red line running down my leg. I spent hours in the ER so they could tell me it was an ingrown hair. Luckily, they still gave me antiobiotics so it took care of the problem. I still have the spot to this day. Disgusting how someone with so much schooling could be so stupid. It just seems to me that I have never had luck with very many doctors. It is just a shame. I understnad they have bills to pay and I don't mind paying them. But with payment you need to provide an appropriate service. After all, I wouldn't demand payment if I only gave half a haircut. And if I do a bad job... I might be expected to give a refund. The whole thing just makes me sick!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@GClark - Wow - Well I have to say, I do realize there are some great doctors out there. For instance, the ER doctor that figured out what has been plaguing the specialists for awhile... and to just hand out a prescription without so much as knowing what was going on. Maybe you can't figure it out in 10 minutes, but then you should give more time to the situation. I know my husband works on both sides. He sees the billing side. The sad thing is, the Urgent Care is going to bill our insurance company for 25 minutes of Facetime when they weren't even with us for 25 minutes total for all 3 people they saw. Total time was about 8 minutes to treat 3 people and they are going to charge the insurance for 75 minutes.

BTW - now that you know what is going on with your pain... do they have it under control somewhat?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

My deep sympoathy for the anything-but-urgent care you and your family received, Stacy. Unfortunately, the treatment or should I say non-treatment you described, is not an exception but the rule.

Urgent Care Clinics and others of their ilk should be called Laissez Faire Clincs because they appear to provide as little assistance to patients as humanly possible. In as short a time frame as possible.

In an emergency, I insist on having my doctor's office 'fit me in.' If I have to wait, so be it but at least I will receive medical care.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Even at your own doctor, you have to take charge and insist on treatment. One time, I was soooooooooo sick with bronchitis. I get it EVERY time I catch a cold..I know my body; I know the symptoms; I KNOW the prescription I need. This one time, I was out, and called for a refill. (I had a history with this doctor going back 20 years!) The receptionist said I had to come in--they would not just call the pharmacy. I pleaded I was in no condition to be out & about & should not even be driving. They insisted, and were going to book me an appointment for the following week. I said, "NOW WAY--I'm sick NOW--I need the meds TODAY!" They were 'very sorry...blah, blah, blah.' but, they still would not phone in the 'scrip.

So--I got in the car, walked into their office, and said I needed to see my doc. "Do you have an appointment" I said, "No. You insisted I had to be seen, I told you I need the medicine NOW, TODAY, so here I am!" Then I informed the witch, "I DON'T CARE IF GOD HIMSELF walks through that door-- I'M NEXT!!" Yeah..theY fit me in. And I told my doc that the new recep. gal was a witch with a capital "B" ... and he was not amused to learn that she had refused to even pass along a message.

What ALL of these clowns need to learn and remember is this: it's a "work for hire" situation. THEY work for YOU--not the other way around! You have hired them to take care of you, so you should not have to dance through their hoops. You do NOT work for them! You are not their lackey!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - Yeah - I am kind of irritated with the lack of care given at the Urgent Care clinic. Which is really sad because Urgent Care is an affordable option, instead of goign to the ER, for those that work regular jobs and can't get away. I wish we could have insisted on getting in with our real doctor but because we just moved... we have never even met our real doctor yet. I think I might be making an appointment for myself next week because I am starting to really come down with this cold floating around! Ugh!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@DzyMsLzzy - Wow - I can honestly say I love that comment. The spunk that you show and everything. I don't know if I would have the courage to do that, but then again, I don't have a relationship with my doctor yet to come in throwing punches. But it serves her right. If you are sick, there should be no reason to make you wait until next week. What if you have to miss work and you need a doctor's excuse. Opps... sorry, we will get that to you next week.

I think they need to understand they are not above us becuase they got the degree and make the bucks... we hire them and put them in that place and could easily go somewhere else! Well said!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

An interesting read. In Asia, I find the advice from the larger pharmacies is often as good, if not better than that from the doctors (and a fraction of the cost). It is hard to get GOOD medical advice that isn't rushed these days.

Thanks for SHARING.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brett - I wonder if the pharmacies would offer advice if you weren't actually picking up a prescription out here. I never really tried but maybe that will become the new stop before going to the doctor. Especially since somehting like this really got me all worked up! :)


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

It is really interesting for me to read this, and to see the differences between our countries. Sorry to hear you had a difficult time. Reading your hub and the comments I am so grateful for our healthcare system in the UK. It’s not perfect, but our doctors practice is great - if I ring and say my child needs to be seen today we get an appointment. (We’ve done that a lot as one of my kids has had a lot of illness.) Our doctor also sometimes prescribes homeopathic remedies.

Having said that, the out-of-hours service isn’t nearly as good as it use to be - you don’t see your own doctor and doctors almost never come to see patients any more. The last time I remember a doctor coming out was 10 years ago when my daughter was 2 and having an asthma attack. So in the UK’s it’s best not to be ill at evenings or weekends!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Melovy - It is always interesting to see the way that other countries run things. I am happy to see that you guys are able to get appointments. I think if we had a doctor that we really knew - this might be the case, but because we just moved, we haven't built a relationship. Even then, the relationship doesn't always help.

However, I stick by the philosophy, if you aren't on your death bed... no reason to go in. It never seems to help anyway! lol


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

As a nurse who practiced years ago I told my parents early on that except in the case of needed surgery...stay out of hospital settings if at all possible. Sad, and it will only get worse as time goes on if we turn to an entirely run government system. I have written a hub called...Some True Stories of Free Government Medical Care in America...if you are interested in reading more.

Hope everyone at your house is feeling better now.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy - I just read the hub and that was truly eye opening. I still try to stay away from doctors as in ... I just don't like to be seen. That being said... the family got a little better, we went on vacation and I came back with Strep Throat or Tonsilitous. Unfortunately I can't diagnose because I am not a doctor. I called to make an appointment with the doctor and the earliest they could get me in was a week out. They suggested I go to Urgent Care and I basically told them I would have to be on my death bed to go back to those Quaks. Ironically, I still have the white spots on my throat and my tonsils are almost completely swollen shut - there has got to be something that can be done about this health care problem!


Leonardo 3 years ago

I'm not quite sure how to say this; you made it exelrmtey easy for me!

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