- Personal Health Information & Self-Help
Self-serve medical care centers
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.
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.....