Specialist’s Substitutes

I have some great doctors, some who have nursed me through very hairy situations, saved my life and held my hand. I love the doctors who see me, talk to me and call me themselves when test results are in. I hope they will take care of me forever.

But lately,  it has been bothering me that I’m paying the big  bucks to see a other speciality doctors, and instead see his or her Physcican’s Assistant , medical student or nurse specialist.  They then send the bill as though I had seen the specialist. This must be legal, but it is becoming so commonplace that I when I leave I feel like I should have stayed home and spent my $250. or more elsewhere.  In the last month, four times this has happened. I’m trying to be charitable, but it’s my body they are playing with. Anyone else have this happening?  Is it because I’m on Medicare (I have supplemental, also)?  I really appreciate technicians, medical students and physicians assistants, so I’m not complaining about them, just the roles they are asked to play by their superiors.

About Naomi

I am a writer and Christian educator who works in several genres with a specialty in materials for persons with disabilities. The Long Road Home Romance Collection includes one of my books (11/14), and I just finished the first draft of a Quick Look handbook to help persons who teach an inclusive classroom. I love playing and listening to classical music, fishing, doing family things, and, in spite of my non-interest in identifying birds, have come to name them because of my bird watching husband, Bob. My children and grandchildren, because of their expertise in different fields, have broadened my lens for looking at the world.

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