- Aug 6, 2016
Is that where the doctor has a big leather purse that carries the little hammer to test your knee reflexes?
I can confirm these, having older family in France, and they often use that help !Yes.
I live in France.
We have an excellent healthcare/insurance system.
I can even get nurses to visit if I need dressings changed.
This is the key point and one that is also a little disappointing. Medicine used to be practiced by doctors who could "troubleshoot" a patient based on the symptoms (much like the old mechanics did with your car), but now the name of the game are tests, because that is where the hospitals / clinics make their money. Same way with mechanics and their scanners incidentally.
I remember reading a medical journal back in 1982 that suggested that 90% of all cases that a doctor sees daily are psychosomatic and a good doctor should be able to determine that within 3 minutes of consultation. As my old doc used to tell my parents when I came in sick with a respiratory illness: "I can prescribe something and he will be fine in about a week. Or I could give him nothing and he will be fine in about a week". Now, there would be a battery of tests being conducted to tell you what they already knew by the consultation.
I miss the old days...both in doctors and mechanics actually.
It was regional probably, I was born in '69 and lived in a small rural town. There were 3 doctors, the oldest of the bunch still made house calls. It was always a simple visit, he determined if it looked serious enough to be taken to town. If not, he would just leave care instructions, maybe write a scrpt for an antibiotic, and then be out the door.I was born in the early 60's and never heard of a doctor house call when I grew up.
I remember the doctor making house calls when I was a kid. Cadillac, little black bag, pack of Lucky Strikes in his breast pocket, just like on TV. Like most doctors back then, he was self-employed.
Now my doctor, like most, works for a giant health care conglomerate, doesn't make house calls, and has to carry a laptop from exam room to exam room so the giant health care conglomerate can track every minute of his day.
Healthcare in the US is a damned shame.