Who Needs Doctors And Nurses Anyway?

If I am sick or injured I go see my doctor.

But I don’t really go see my doctor to be taken care of.

He’s only the middleman.  Maybe some of you have middlewoman.   I wish I could go directly to my true care provider.  My insurance company.

My doctor only takes the time to talk with me.  Discuss my symptoms or the incident that occurred to land me in this inconveniently located local office close to my home.  My doctor only uses his hands, eyes, ears, the tools of his trade, his extensive education and training – to diagnose me.  He only uses his knowledge, the knowledge at his disposal and through collateral contacts, to come up with a plan of action and treatment.  If necessary he has the nerve to determine if tests or x-rays are needed to rule out or confirm his diagnosis or give him a better idea of what is going on.

But he only does all of this as a ruse.  Why would he care about me and my medical needs?  I’ve only been seeing him twenty or so years.  He has only been with me through every serious, or not so serious and bordering on funny, medical incident of my adult life.  It’s not like he’s invested in my well being – at all.

Not – for sure – like the insurance company.  The insurance ‘company’ doesn’t even need to meet me!  They know what’s best for me wiith out laying eyes, hands or stethoscope on me.  They. Are. Amazing.       Pause for effect.   They are just that amazing.

My insurance company can tell by their charts on money costs and theorems on care plans for people what will serve me best.  I mean, come on!  What works for ONE will work for 250,000 of us.   Am I right?    I must be.

So, who needs our doctors and nurses?

Why are we wasting our time going to see someone who takes the time to check us out and gather our information.   And keep track of it in those pesky charts that shows him at a glance our running health history and issues.  If we cut out the middleman (middlewoman) we could just type in our symptoms or cause of accident on some application or internet page and be processed in ten to fourteen business days.    We can then receive our pre-certification to get healthy.     We wouldn’t have to bother with the nurse asking us how our kids are, or how is mom’s arthritis, or did Uncle John’s hip surgery go okay.  We could save so much time not talking to the nurses to review our medications and those over the counter medications we add on our own thinking it’s a healthful benefit.

And if we could just go straight to the insurance company to determine our health care needs we can skip all of this hullabaloo compassion and sympathy.   Who needs a nurse or doctor to take your hand, pat your shoulder, or hug you when you are in the depths of fear and confusion because you’ve just been told you, or your spouse, your child, your parent, your sibling, your grandparent has but a few months, weeks, days-to live.   What good is there in being told “I’ll be with you through this, I’ll do whatever I can to help” when you are told you have a long battle in your future to regain your health.

The insurance companies already have all of the answers and have already predetermined what our medical needs are.  Or, if we surprise them with an illness or injury they can scan their computers for what they feel is the best course of treatment.  What do they need to see us for?   Hundreds of thousands of people have had heart attacks.   Criminy, tall people, short people, thin people, not as thin people, old people, young people, people on medications, people not on medications, people who’s parents had heart issues, people who’s parents are still kicking it at 89 with nary a moment of illness.  A hearts a heart.  Right?  Why look in to all of the extenuating information per person to look for differences.  Just seems like a bother to me.

I’m sure my doctor doesn’t know me any better, or what’s better for me, than the insurance ‘company’.   And the insurance company only has my best interests at heart.   I’m so very sure of that.

Why else would they have so much power and control or influence over my health care needs.

Stupid stupid stupid me.

Thinking my doctors and nurses were the ones I should be trusting and putting my faith in.

What do I know?

According to the insurance company, not as much as they do.

My bad.

31 thoughts on “Who Needs Doctors And Nurses Anyway?

  1. We don’t work like that here and I feel sorry for anyone who does. In the end, you are just a statistic and either you WILL fit the mold. I don’t understand where the medical profession fits into the statistics in the insurance plan. You ‘re right. Why have doctors and nurses. What a cold, cold world.

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    • Doctor, I so very much GET YOU on this. I just responded to someone else that I feel bad for the doctors and nurses who spend so much time fighting for what they know is right for their patients.

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  2. I see you’ve touched a nerve here, including one of mine. I could stand on my soapbox for hours and rant about medical insurance companies. It never ceases to amaze me that those of us in the U.S. pay more for insurance and medical care than those in other countries, and get far less from it. I’m also astounded by the fact that insurance will pay for illness, but rarely for prevention. I’d rather they pay for a personal trainer than pay for the doctor I’ll need if I don’t exercise.

    Well written, CM.

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    • Here Here to prevention!!!

      I vote we ALL get on our soap boxes and start getting heard. I get so angry about so many things based on health insurance. The insurance companies don’t want to pay for what the doctor’s want for their patients, they don’t want to pay for hospital admissions, yet they don’t want to pay for reoccurances (which happens because they don’t get the treatment they need the FIRST time). Oh here I go….. !!!!

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  3. Insurance is a great thing. You pay in advance, often required by law, to purchase something you pray you never have to use. Then if you use what you have paid so dearly for the benefits it provides are decided by someone who is basing every decision on money. If you survive the experience you then get a letter raising your rates because you dared use what you paid for. I think we all need to buy more insurance.

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  4. It’s a money making system and that’s the way we roll in this country. The same holds true for any “too big to fail” business/enterprise. I could easily climb upon my soapbox and run for hours with this one. Instead, I’ve made it a point to learn the system(s), how it/they work, and how to succeed within them. It takes patience and immense emotional effort but I’m pretty good at it. Until we collectively rise against entrenched (any/all) systems, they will only continue to hinder, if not cripple, us. There is likely only one way to stop this madness and I am saddened that a majority of Americans are both naive to and disinterested effecting a solution. There is a small, caring and knowledgeable segment of society that is quietly working to address this. But they seriously need our active support.

    What did that guy say about a soapbox? 🙂

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  5. Colleen, Tears of frustration ran down my face as I read this. And I truly wish I could raise the argument against your post, but I can’t I deal with it all the just as you do. Your post is right on so many levels, and clearly shows the road we are headedl. Soon the question you will be asked is how much care can you afford. And you didn’t even get into gap insurance, and their efforts to not fill the gap. It is a wonderfully strong post. It speaks volumes to our day to day lives. God how I wish you were wrong. Take care, Love Bill

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    • I’m sad to see so many people understand what I wrote about. If others were writing that they didn’t agree then I would think I was a minority and need to learn more. But I’ve seen this being affected on SO many people. It is horrible. We are demanded by law to do so much in regards to insurance. And yet the insurance companies have no adherence to providing the care we pay for. That may be a huge generalization on my part….but that’s how it feels for sure.

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  6. This needs to be sent on. Seriously, like to George Takei or I do not know, some editorial somewhere. It is so very, sadly, true.
    I hope things are okay. Blasted insurance companies.

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    • Thank you Niaaeryn. I mean about it should “be sent on”. And you’re right, it’s all so very sad and true. I believe if the insurance companies goal is to make money, they are going to make more of it by being compassionate and allowing the doctors to do the work they are trained and in the field to do. They WASTE so much money and time by fighting them, and trying to play a part of worlds they are not equipped to be a part of.

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  7. I like the sarcasm here. My ‘company’ was trying to persuade my doctors that it was not necessary for some of the tests I was receiving when the little nodule was discovered on my lung. It was a wait and see thing. No. Not good enough, and I pushed. If I had to work hard until the rest of my life to pay the bill, I wanted a biopsy, or I would never rest. Anyway, they do know best, you know.

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    • Thank goodness you pushed it. I am still amazed when I deal with so many people who take what they are told about their medical care without questioning it. Good for you! And yes, I’ve heard they know best (I think….from THEM!) 😉

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  8. Since you are (much) younger than I, you will eventually find your vision here to be narrow. You have yet to appreciate the love from the Almighty Prescription Drug conglomerate… and the even more almighty “You Have Been Dropped”.

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  9. What do I know about anything, but I understand that most insurance companies establish their treatment plans upon Medicare standards. Those standards are developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which is a Federal agency: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Medicare_and_Medicaid_Services. I am not supporting the insurance companies, but I think the Federal government has controlled our health treatment options for far longer than most people realize. The next time you have an issue with your insurance company regarding your treatment options, ask if what they are allowing is based upon Medicare standards.

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    • Thank you for the response A Gray. I did not know all of this. Sadly I am not shocked that the government has been controlling health care even longer than I thought. This is good information to have.

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