One of the biggest complaints I hear when the subject of national health care comes up is that we’ll all have to wait a long time for an appointment.
Well, here is what I have heard in the past few days as I’ve desperately called around to doctor’s offices trying to get established as a new patient and to see a doctor for some issues I’m having:
“Oh, sorry, not accepting new patients.”
“Oh, we’re accepting new patients, but the first new patient appointment we have is in April.”
“Oh, sorry, we’re accepting new patients, but only those with other kinds of insurance. No new patients with BC/BS.”
That last one is a new one on me. I wonder how BC/BS would feel about that?
When are we, as patients, going to get sick of this and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? The way I see it, treatment under a reasonably well-developed national plan couldn’t possibly be worse than the discouragement I have experienced in the last couple of days with private insurance.