August 19, 2005

The Doctor Will Ignore You Now

4 weeks ago today I went in to have a long over do check up. It had been about six years since I was looked over for cancer, despite my high risk status and previous findings of pre-cancerous tissue. I had been putting it off out of fear of what they would say. Mentally I guess I'd rather stay guessing than hear the bad news. I hate the scars that the biopsies leave behind and some part of me was avoiding that as well.

Last night I got a little pre-printed card from the doctor's office with only my name, address, and biopsy date filled in by hand. Even the doctor's signature was a very, very poorly stamped signature. It was good news but am I the only one that thinks this is seriously unprofessional? First I had to wait a month to find out if I was infected with these evil, malicious cells. Then I'm not even worthy of a phone call or a letter that is (1) less obviously a form letter, and (2) has less of a generic 'keep an eye on it' type recommendation?

This office had come highly recommended. I will have to respectfully disagree and never go back. The possibility of cancer is far too scary to be blatantly treated like a number, especially in a private practice.

Posted by Princess Cat at August 19, 2005 11:08 AM @ 11:08 AM in All Things Evil // Permalink | TrackBack

... good luck..

Posted by: Eric at August 19, 2005 07:28 PM

Yes. It's unprofessional. But so is leaving someone in a waiting room for an hour after their appointment time, and another 15 minutes in the examination room. The entire medical profession seems to have adopted the customer service standards of early 90s AOL.

Of course, if I had to deal with the insurance industry all day, every day, I think I'd be a screaming maniac, so maybe they should be congratulated for their patience ... nah.

Anyway, glad your test was good. That must be a universal human thing about putting off the bad news. I've done the same thing.

Posted by: bryan at August 19, 2005 09:54 PM