Another Day… Another $250…
January 5, 2010 11 Comments
Today was an EXPENSIVE day.
First off, Jack has been feeling sick. He didn’t keep down any food yesterday and went from diarrhea to complete constipation. He slept in till 2pm on Sunday (ate) and then slept the rest of the day. This morning he didn’t want to wake up at all, but I made him get up so that we could go to the vet appointment.
$170 later at the vet… and he has 3 presciptions and hopefully will get better within the next two days. I also got scolded for allowing him to continue to eat sticks, so I stopped at Petco after work and picked up a gentle leader, some cat food, and litter box liners… another $54.
I have also had some flare-ups of my fantastic UTI. Just when you thought that was all over, right? (Here is part 1, part 2 and part 3 of that story…) So I tried a different clinic this time, one with a $25 copay instead of the $40 copay I was paying before. And lemme tell you, this place was SKETCHY. At no point while I was there did anyone ask me for a medical history. They did get my weight, height, blood pressure and heart rate. But didn’t ask about my history or anything. A nurse practitioner came in, I told him my history with my UTI and told him the drugs that I was on before. I then told him that I thought the second drug would be good, and he wrote me a prescription for it for 7 days (vs the normal 3) and said to take it until 3 and if I was better to stop and if not to finish the course.
Anyway… $25 for the copay… $4.52 for the prescription…
The entire time I was at the sketchy clinic people kept telling me I would be better off seeing my “primary care doctor”. And you know what, they were right. And actual, that is exactly what I tried to do.
I called 8 different primary care physicians in the morning seeing if any would take me in the next few days, and the soonest appointment I could get as a “new patient” was MARCH. MARCH. What the hell is wrong with health care if I want to see a physician that I can talk to about why I keep having these reoccurring UTIs and what I can do about it and I can’t get an appointment until MARCH?
And I asked the receptionist what I would do at this appointment in March, seeing as I probably wouldn’t be sick, and she said that all it was was a consultation to see if we would be a good “fit”. What the hell? This isn’t a gyno, this is a general practitioner. Why do I have to wait 2 months to go see a doctor who will see me when I have a cold or an ear infection or a urinary tract infection. (Can you tell I’m used to graduate student care where it is essential a walk-in clinic geared towards your needs? I miss it so much.)
I’m just generally annoyed by the whole ordeal. But I made the appointment. Next time I move, the first thing I’m going to do is set up new patient appointments. This has just been ridiculous.
Thing that made me happy today: Having a very productive and interesting meeting with my boss. My data looks really good, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.