This is the future of GovernmentCare (not ObamaCare): “Do what I say and don’t ask any questions.” And then, of course, for children there is the requisite Safety Nazi rundown (don’t play, don’t move, don’t touch hot things, etc.). This is modern American medicine. And the medical establishment considers this tactic of “covering all the bases” to be “quality initiatives.”
Built more like a former professional basketball player than an elementary schoolteacher nearing retirement, the patient dropped a bagful of prescription medications on the table in the examining room and fell back into a chair. He couldn’t remember what most of them were for.
Several weeks earlier, he had seen a new doctor who’d prescribed several new drugs and spent much of the visit reciting a list of advice — lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, eat more fruits and vegetables. Before he even arrived home, he realized he couldn’t recall any of the details of what the doctor had said.
“I felt like I was in a Charlie Brown cartoon,” he said, recounting the visit with a laugh. “All I can remember the doctor saying was, ‘Waw, waw-waw, waw-waw.’ ”
It’s comforting to know that your doctor can make you sick and waste so little of your time doing it. Thanks to James Porter for the link.
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