Tell me about it. It seems that pareto principle is present in the number or time my parent spends on each patient. 80% of the patients take up only 20% of their time , whilst 20% of the patients consumes 80% of the time.
September 26, 2008, 1:50 pm
So That’s Why Doctors Don’t Use E-Mail
By Stephen J. Dubner
I’ve known several doctors who refused to read e-mail from patients. They said it was simply a bad use of their time.
I also used to have a doctor who hated it whenever you came in and asked questions about some article you’d read in The Times about Lyme disease or some such. He’d get a pained look on his face — here we go again; patients pretending to be doctors — and then ignore the question.
This reminds me I’m up for my quarterly blood chemistry for cholesterol, etc. Hope everything goes well.
One way was made clear yesterday, when, as a (temporary) citizen of Bonn, Germany, my wife received a letter saying she had been scheduled for a free mammogram at a particular time and place. With a preset appointment, no effort is required to arrange things; this arrangement would certainly not exist for most people at home.
Substituting the small cost of preventive care for the large costs of curative care for all citizens seems like a sensible way to contain medical costs under a universal health care system.
Maybe, as I think will happen, the U.S. will finally provide access to health care for all citizens; and it may be possible to do so without shifting still more resources into this sector.