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(The Cleveland Leader)   Rite Aid clerk: The online doctor will see you now   (clevelandleader.com) divider line 4
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2013-03-04 07:51:43 AM  
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"what the fark are you doing with all those pain pills!"
 
2013-03-04 07:58:09 AM  
oh man it's going to be at least 18 months before Uncle Sam realizes how many prescriptions are flying out of Rite Aid stores. we just hit the jackpot.

/ my credit card will be maxed out in a month
// may not live to see the bill
 
2013-03-04 08:11:45 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: "what the fark are you doing with all those pain pills!"


Wait a minute, I've seen this before.

Turns out he's packing 12 inches, she's into facials, and the cure was deep dickings.
 
2013-03-04 08:31:43 AM  
That's nice and all. That works out to $270 an hour. It must be nice to never have to come into contact with people in a supposedly first world country where medical care should be available to everyone and still make $270 an hour.

Simple formula for converting hourly wage to yearly salary: multiply by 2 and tack on 3 zeros at the end. $270/hour equates to over a half million per year. Okay, some of that probably goes towards expenses, but still. And that's only for normal people. Many (not all) doctors don't even come close to working a 40-hour week, and why would they at those prices?

I've heard a number of stories about doctors doing online work in the past year or two, but they mostly have revolved around doctors VOLUNTEERING their time for patients in 3rd world countries or doctors in the US lending their expertise in a particular field to small hospitals handling unusual, but severe cases.

In particular I remember (well, sort of remember) a case where a young girl in the middle of bumfarik USA received medical help from a specialist in California for a rare condition or injury. I think it was on PBS when they weren't sponsoring quacks who didn't believe HIV had anything to do with AIDS and weren't selling dietary supplements or claiming they could cure diabetes through diet.

I'm not kidding. PBS still has some good stuff on it, but they have really gone downhill.

But this particular program was good. There were cameras (not PBS's, actual medical facility cameras) in the small rural hospital that allowed the remote doctor to interact almost as if he were there. It captured images of the patient, the monitoring equipment and the doctors and nurses who were actually there, but who just didn't happen to be specialists in whatever rare condition this young child had.

Leave it to corporations to exploit this idea for profit .

My last doctor's visit went like this:

45 minutes filling out forms in the waiting room.
5 minutes with an assistant that took my BP, temperature and basic stuff.
maybe 10 minutes with the actual doctor who mostly sat behind a computer screen, probably tweeting how much of a loser I was.
For that I paid nearly $200....not counting prescriptions (~$30) and blood tests (~$900).

Maybe this is a good idea......or maybe we need better medical care. I supposedly had insurance. Still trying to prove it. Insurance company is pretending not to know me.

I was left feeling it was a complete waste of time.  At least they called and told me my blood was good. The prescription may have helped, or maybe it was just that my body recovered from whatever it was on its own. I ended up paying the doctor and pharmacy out of my own pocket. Still getting bills for the blood.
 
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