August 24, 2004

Paging Dr. Thackquab

Do you have a good family doctor - either a GP or an Internist? If not, you're either lucky and have little need of a doctor, or you are suffering from can't-get-appointmentitis.

CNN provides an article about doctors who provide same-day appointment service. Is this really all that novel? I hope not - I can get in same day with my Internist or someone in his group, and that has proven VITAL in a few cases, especially with last year's strep infection.

I can't imagine not being able to see the doctor when it's necessary. For things like a physical or the yearly woman's visit, there's no need for same-day service, though the article points out that there are few cancelled appointments that way.

By the way, the Dr. Thackquab thing is from my father. He had some goofy names for imaginary characters. That was one of them. He also - now this is way off topic - had his own "language" he would walk around talking in. One of his "greetings" was Giddy b'Sow. I think it was a friendly greeting. Further on this, I actually knew of a Dr. Bonebrake. Poor guy never had a shot at an orthopaedic career, obviously.


Posted by hln at August 24, 2004 12:50 PM | Health | TrackBack

Wow. Here I always thought my wife being upset the doctor couldn't see her on the same day she got sick was as strange as her habit of expecting a doctor to actually care about her. I'll be darned.

Posted by: David Weisman at August 25, 2004 12:05 AM

Generally if you're infectious there's not much problem getting in on the same day has been my experience. Now trying to get a specialist.. I tried to get a dermatoligist appointment for my daughter, and ALL of them were booked at least 3 months in advance...

Posted by: Jager at August 25, 2004 09:38 AM

Ah...the advantages of having your family doctor live down the block and be a close friend. Never a wait. Don't mind getting called on the mobile phone. Don't mind you coming over at 2 am with a bleeding child.

Posted by: Kin at August 25, 2004 10:12 AM

OT: Kin and Heather, need your input about the Hockey Whoopass Jamboree.

On topic: The ladies' GYN suddenly retired a couple of months ago (terminal cancer), and our family doctor of many years was bought by the local hospital and then shut down, trying to drive more business to it's own clinics. We've since found a new GP who seems pretty good.

Posted by: Ted at August 25, 2004 06:31 PM