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  • vtsioriginal vtsioriginal Mar 27, 2010 1:57 PM Flag

    Derailment of the Gravy Train

    Ok RB, so what do you do when its Friday night and your 2-year old has an ear infection (he has a fever of 100 and is crying because his ear hurts). Do you take him to the emergency room, wait two hours and pay $500? Do you wait out the weekend, holding him at night because he is in too much pain to sleep and schedule an appointment for monday afternoon, taking the day off work? Maybe you take him to an after-hours clinic if there is one near by and wait in a crowded waiting room for three hours with people who look like death warmed over, hoping you both don't catch something, to see a frazzled nurse practitioner (I expect most doctor's offices to look like this soon as well under the new health care system)?

    It would be wonderful if we were all members of Congress with a physician on call 24-7, but sadly that's not the case.

    Also, please note, I'm not trying to disparage nurse practitioners with the comparison to Jiffy Lube. It just is that I'd rather have a doctor for really complicated things, which is similar to rebuilding an engine, but a nurse practitioner would be perfectly suitable for more routine things, which in a car would be like getting the oil changed.

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