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Group Appointments With Doctors: When Three Isn't A Crowd (Oh yay!)
Everyday Health ^
| March 19, 2013
| Michelle Andrews
Posted on 03/19/2013 4:12:36 PM PDT by KansasGirl
TUESDAY, March 19, 2013 (Kaiser Health News) When visiting the doctor, there may be strength in numbers.
In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them (even if not one-on-one), increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes.
Some see group appointments as a way to ease looming physician shortages. According to a study published in December, meeting the country's health-care needs will require nearly 52,000 additional primary-care physicians by 2025. More than 8,000 of that total will be needed for the more than 27 million people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.
KEYWORDS: 0care; groupdoctorappt; groupdrappointments; healthcare; obamacare; zerocare
I love the way this "reporter" tries to spin another disastrous result of Obamacare as a positive! Oh yay, no more private physician visits! I get to have group appts! And my co-pay doesn't even go up!
The comments after the article are great.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:15:23 PM PDT
(This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
How does this comply with HIPPA?
How will they know if the Doc changed gloves after each patient during a group rectal exam?
Answer: Mirrors, lots of them.
PS - you're welcome.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:16:20 PM PDT
($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
This crazy piece of spin won’t survive contact with HIPAA.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:16:31 PM PDT
(Sic semper tyrannis)
Next up group rectal exams.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:16:36 PM PDT
(The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
Don’t they do this in Massachusetts? They all meet in a group and swear not to divulge information about one another?
posted on 03/19/2013 4:17:01 PM PDT
>>How will they know if the Doc changed gloves after each patient during a group rectal exam?
In my induction physical for the Navy in 1979, the doctor wore the same gloves for examining 8 scrotums and 8 rectums (but in his defense, he didn’t “break the plane”).
posted on 03/19/2013 4:18:46 PM PDT
(Sic semper tyrannis)
Just like Africa.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:18:47 PM PDT
(REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
swear not to divulge information about one another?
Heck that's no fun.
Let's put it on tv in a reality show format.
Somebody get Ryan Seacrest on the line...
posted on 03/19/2013 4:20:16 PM PDT
(Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
Next; Group prostate exams.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:21:43 PM PDT
(12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
With bets on who will die first and who gets voted off immunization island.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:22:02 PM PDT
(REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
Yeah, that was pre-HIV, Hep C, etc.
This is BANANA REPUBLIC CRAP!!! WE ARE AFRICA!!!
Obama said that he believed that reducing doctor’s pay would cause them to be more “productive”. He was speaking the truth (oddly enough); too bad few people realized what doctor “productivity” means for patients.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:29:08 PM PDT
To: DLfromthedesert; Bryanw92
Under Obamacare bureaucrats control the flow of your information.
How does this comply with HIPPA?”
Some mental health practitioners already do this. It’s called group therapy.
Re HIPAA, IMO this is another ridiculous set of govt regs which should also be abolished and certainly should have been seen as a precursor to Obamacare.
In spite of this, I can envision, for instance, the 2nd Tuesday of every month being mammogram day for those living within a certain ZIP code. All the ladies line up, bare breasted and someone in a TSA uniform at the front of the line yells next, puts each boob in the slammer, hits a button and it’s done. Or air travelers being informed that their full body scan will be sent off to the nearest lab for analysis and determination of any possible medical condition.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:30:46 PM PDT
by Grams A
(The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
For example, in a diabetes group visit, a doctor might ask everyone to remove their shoes so he can examine their feet for sores or signs of infection, among other things. A typical session lasts up to two hours. In addition to answering questions and examining patients, the doctor often leads a discussion, often assisted by a nurse.
This can easily spiral into nightmare territory. Anyone else remember that old television commercial "Sometimes you get an itch so private you can only talk to your doctor about it"?
posted on 03/19/2013 4:33:44 PM PDT
(When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
Of course, the rich will be able to afford the fee for a private appointment! It’ll be everyone else who is herded in and out like cattle!
Obamacare = Disaster for anyone who is not rich.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:33:51 PM PDT
("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
Many of use served in the military and went through this. No, thank you.
Doctor, it hurts when I do this!"
"Then don't do that. "
posted on 03/19/2013 4:48:52 PM PDT
(Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
Isn’t this already normal at airport security? Everybody around is group-scanned, x-ray’d, and groped.
posted on 03/19/2013 4:49:12 PM PDT
(When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
Followed by gruop gynecological exams. I wonder if they will tell us to “scoot down” individually or if one time will suffice...
Do you know the difference between an oral and rectal thermometers is ?
posted on 03/19/2013 5:27:40 PM PDT
by al baby
No HIPPA problems. Just get the patient to sign a waiver in the initial stack of forms. Don’t sign? Don’t get treated. But it’s all voluntary.
posted on 03/19/2013 5:32:41 PM PDT
As long as they’re treating a group with “similar symptoms”; why bother actually diagnosing each one individually? Simply pick one patient at random, diagnose him or her & make multiple copies of the prescription form. That would be much more efficient. Think of the savings!
posted on 03/19/2013 6:03:47 PM PDT
by headstamp 2
(What would Scooby do?)
posted on 03/19/2013 6:19:55 PM PDT
(The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
“Turn your heads away from each other and cough.”
posted on 03/19/2013 6:37:53 PM PDT
(Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
More probably at the Food Stamp President’s administration .... they are beyond transparent .... opaque.
posted on 03/19/2013 7:11:25 PM PDT
(Leveling the playing field for a Progressive is dragging everyone down to their level.)
Private suites for the elite.
Semi-private for the employed w/adequate insurance.
Wards for the rest of us. Curtains, perhaps, but they will be thin, stained and won’t go to the end of the rod.
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