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Self-serve medical care centers

Updated on May 10, 2011

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No disrespect was intended to any physicians assistants. I realize many years of training and classes are required before this title is earned. Also, my husband received excellent care from both of his pa's. He was very satisfied with the care and time spent on his case.

Self-serve Medical Center
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Unfortunately, right before the Easter holiday, my husband needed a doctor's care because of severe pain. Like any typical tough guy, he waited two more days , developed a high fever and I dragged him kicking and screaming to the doctor's office. Now, the time was really getting close to the holiday. We had to agree to be seen by the Physcians's assistant; I figured the holiday and agreed.

He returned the next day and was told to see a specialist as soon as possible. We got the required referral . I called Monday morning and guess who my husband will get to see. Yep, the physcian's assistant; to see a doctor would take a month! Because we are self-employed , we pay over $1,000 a month for our medical coverage .

Well, I got to thinking... what if with the advancement of technology we could drive into a self- service surgery center!  We would lie on a table or stand near a wall to get X-rayed.  After filling out a questionaire online, a computer would tell us from our initial answers, what further tests we would need.


Imagine a cute, friendly robot assisting you to lie down properly before getting your MRI. A handsome and dependable X-Ray robot would walk us through which body part would be displayed on the correct film size.

Our blood would be drawn after we sat in a armchair with a soothing voice.  A computer screen would move in front of us and ask us specific questions ; then decide which blood tests were needed and how many vials would be drawn .

Simple procedures like bunion removal, tonsillectomies ,certain hernias and simple broken bones could be set while we read a magazine or listened to Musac in our own private rooms.

Obviously, we could always see a doctor if we chose to and/or if the procedure was complicated enough.

We would schedule these procedures online and would have 24 hours availability to these centers. Just imagine the convenience, the privacy , the efficiency involved here. No long lines ; no longer having to wait days for test results to come back . This could give new meaning to "ole Yankee ingenuity".

Oh , do I have any takers on Do It Your- Self Dentistry ?   Only kidding here. But.....



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    Laura Izett 

    7 years ago from The Great Northwest

    What an interesting idea! I always get referred to specialists when i see my PA. Or they have to go ask a doctor about something so it gets frustrating.

  • fetty profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from South Jersey

    stars439 thank you for stopping by. I imagine these places will be coming sooner than we think. If there is a profit to be made...

    cherrycrime 26 - I was offered a cranberry juice by a nurse in a specialist office. I have been on blood thinner for over two years and this product is forbidden. She did not know! I think certain procedures would almost be fun to receive through machinery. And you can't beat the immediate result, thing. But... remember I wrote this in jest.

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    January Moon 

    7 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga


  • stars439 profile image


    7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Great hub, and interesting. GBY

  • fetty profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from South Jersey

    Nell Rose thanks for reading my hub. In America, we still have millions of people with no health insurance. So it seems that "these places" will be coming in a matter of time. I like the accessibility to the general public and the efficiency these places would provide. I'm not sure the idea will be so popular at first, though.

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    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Hi, this sounds like a great idea, especially for smaller problems, over here in England if I want to see the doctor, especially mine, I have to make an appointment at least two weeks in advance! so by that time you are either cured or worse....! lol

  • fetty profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from South Jersey

    howcurecancer thank you for stopping by. I realize now that my little daydream might be closer to the future than I realized when writing this hub.

  • fetty profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from South Jersey

    junko, I got to thinking after I wrote this hub in jest , how true your statement may be. I can see how this "service could work for some situations" but I'm not sure how popular or effective these places would be. I'm going to add to this hub as my mind dreams up new options. Thanks for stopping by .

  • howcurecancer profile image


    7 years ago

    Awesome hub! Great info, thanks.

  • junko profile image


    7 years ago

    Self served medical care is just around the corner. It will be operated be the private sector, and will reduce medical libility cost for doctors.


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