Thursday, January 28, 2010


I have decided that I want to become a doctor.  Yep.  I don't want all the stupid stuff that goes with that title, but the money would be really nice. 

I mean really.  Where else can you walk into a room, listen to someone complain, look in an ear and a throat, walk out 10 minutes later and charge $255?

If I figure that right, that is $1,530 an hour. And in an eight hour day, that would be $12,240!  If you multiply that by five days, you would make $61,200 a week. Multiply that by 52 weeks, and your paycheck (before taxes of course) would figure out to be $3,182,400.

Yeah, I know.  Don't get all mad and fill my comment area telling me all the things like they have lots of liability insurance and they have to pay their office staff out of that amount and they have to go to school for a bunch of years.

I know all of this stuff.  You forget.  I'm a nurse.  I understand what type of schooling and the crap they go through to get to where they are.  But still.  $255 for me to walk in for a follow up visit where he looks at my labwork, tells me that it looks good and to continue to do what I have been doing?!  Please.  I want that job!!  He couldn't just call me and tell me that the labwork is fine?  Or, as is normally the case, look at the labs and tell the nurse to call me?

I have also decided, (while I am at it making all sorts of medical decisions) that going to the doctor's office should be like going to Wal-Mart.  

Sounds crazy, but bear with me here.

If your doctor tells you that he wants to send you to a specialist because he can't provide what you need, then you shouldn't have to pay.  After all, if Wal-Mart doesn't have what you need, but Target does, do you have to pay Wal-Mart for not having it since you went there to look for it??

Or, if your doc diagnoses you with something and gives you meds for it saying that you will feel better soon, but it doesn't work....should you have to pay for the visit?  Wal-Mart has a return policy.  If you buy something there, get it home and it doesn't work, you can return it and get your money back.  Shouldn't a doctor be the same way?

I know.  None of the above is going to happen.  But it sure sounds like it should!  Guess I will just go back to being the lowly little hick in the sticks that I am and grudgingly write out my check to hear that all is fine (despite the fact that it isn't) and make another appointment in 6 months to do it all over again.


  1. It does sound good! however behind every high billing Doc there is a GREAT Nurse!

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