Got this from a reader in e-mail form – I think it highlights the disparity among doctors. Perhaps we should start a list called: Doctors who are worth their price. Maybe? At least we should bring it up with our legislators who are debating reform — they need to look at medical schools, “mentor doctors,” etc.
I think fees are way too high, but only because I couldn’t possibly pay the full freight if I didn’t have insurance. Another problem is that you pay the full fee whether or not the doctor is competent. Five years ago I developed symptoms that I subsequently learned were clear markers for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The primary care doc I was going to admitted he had no idea what was causing the symptoms but suggested it was probably some virus that would go away on its own.
Ten months later the lymphoma was so advanced that tumors had wrapped around the aorta and I was in excruciating pain and close to death. I ended up in the ER. The cancer center doctor who finally made the diagnosis asked me a bunch of questions including whether I’d had any of the symptoms I had described to the primary care quack a year earlier.I should have asked the incompetent guy for a refund, right? So the first guy wasn’t worth $10 an hour, but what about the lymphoma guy and the incredible nurses who administer the chemo? I could not put a price on their services.