Monday, January 5, 2009

Two patients

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a knee replacement.
The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.
The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for a month from then.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.
Next time take me to a vet!


Joan said...



Braja said...

Touche. did I get here? :))

Cany said...

I have an $80K right knee (three surgeries).

Your assessment is, actually, pretty spot on...especially if you leave out the physician who botched the first, that caused the second and third.

5 years for me.

And how? Broadsided by a puppy rottie! (and for you that have dogs, ALWAYS bend your knees if you see trouble coming at you... trust me on this!).