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  •  Because more clinical information becomes (0+ / 0-)

    available, because things change, because there are relative priorities... so if the doc finds out the med is going to cost the patient that much, they may prioritize it less... because patient status changes, because a different doc comes on and has a different take on things...

    Unless you are there and part of the doc-patient relationship you just can't know.  HIPPA and all!

    Corporations are driven by the bottom line, not by concerns for health, safety or the environment. This is why we need government regulations.

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:49:25 PM PST

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    •  If that was so (1+ / 0-)
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      Then the doctor should have cancelled the medication. He didn't do that.

      It wasn't until the patient said he couldn't afford it, did the doctor change his mind. It had nothing do with with changes to the patients condition.

      The future is just a concept we use to avoid living today

      by MetalMD on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:34:33 PM PST

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      •  Oh my goodness. You just can't see the other (0+ / 0-)

        side can you?  What don't you understand about a hierarchy of priorities?!

        Corporations are driven by the bottom line, not by concerns for health, safety or the environment. This is why we need government regulations.

        by the dogs sockpuppet on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:59:20 PM PST

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        •  I'm glad you see only the good in people (0+ / 0-)

          Unfortunately that isn't the real world.

          How would you feel if every year you were asked to work for less and less money? Pretty soon you'd get just a little pissed off, maybe even do some things your conscience might tell you not to do. Especially when it is difficult, if not impossible for others to detect.

          Well that is what doctors and health care providers are asked to do, every time the government and/or health insurance companies lower reimbursements to physicians and hospitals, trying to save money and (in the case of the health insurers) increase profits.

          Believe what you want. The US health care system is flawed. It encourages over treating, over testing. To believe otherwise is just simply naivete.

          The future is just a concept we use to avoid living today

          by MetalMD on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:31:36 PM PST

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          •  Hmmm. I get a raise almost every year and yeah (0+ / 0-)

            I work really really hard.  And I stay true to my conscience because that's how I am and how most of my colleagues are...

            And sometimes mistakes are made and sometimes communication sucks, but never blame malice for things that can easily be explained by stupidity.

            We don't have a conspiracy against our patients to make more money.

            I am not talking about the system (which is flawed).  I'm talking about physicians.

            Corporations are driven by the bottom line, not by concerns for health, safety or the environment. This is why we need government regulations.

            by the dogs sockpuppet on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:51:23 PM PST

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