Are your doctors really taking care of you? Is your Medicare insurance working properly?
I wish the above cartoon was a one-off joke that we could all laugh at and ignore, but that just isn’t the case. Getting lost in the medical labyrinth is much more common than we would like to believe.
Today, I want to share a tip on how to get in to see medical providers faster when they can’t see you in a timely manner.
I spoke with a client in Michigan this week who was under a double whammy: a power outage because of the snow and a specialist who couldn’t seem him for three months.
While I couldn’t do anything about the outage, this is the solution that did help him get in quicker:
James started calling the receptionist EVERY DAY the moment they opened and right after lunch to KEEP asking about cancellations. The polite/squeaky wheel often gets the oil!
We spoke on Monday and by Thursday, James had gotten on his Urologist’s calendar. This will not always work, but it often does.
Of course, you could consider finding a different physician, but most of don’t like to switch doctors. There is normally great value in long term continuity.
However, if you are consistently underwhelmed by the response you receive from your provider, you may want to look up their ratings on third party websites like Heathgrades.com, Vitals or some of the others listed in this link.
If you discover that a provider is consistently receiving negative reviews, you may want to look for a new provider.
Please know the lion’s share of medical providers are doing their best to provide great care, but like everything else in life, the eighty-twenty rule applies.
Well, I am pleased to report that the Bruns-Kyler family has reunited in Kuala Lumpur. Quantz returned from travels in Burma and…
Our Air Force son, Nicholas, after three cancelled vacations because of the Ukraine situation, was finally able to meet up with us for some for very well-deserved leave.
Time with grown up children is a blessing, isn’t it?
Malaysia is a very modern country with a very old world feel, a very multicultural country of Malays, Indians and Chinese.
That means the food is incredibly diverse and delicious. Though we didn’t try everything.
One of the things we did finally try is durian, have you heard of it?
This fruit is banned in Singapore because of its smell, but it has a fanatical following, nonetheless.
Of course, following my axiom of trying new things, we had to give it a try.
I’ve gotta tell you, I am NOT a fan. It has a taste of rotten onions and the texture of meat.
As you can imagine, Q was not a fan. But hey, it’s off our bucket list. You win some, you lose some, right?
That’s it for this week. Keep squeezing the juice out of life.
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