Annals of Medicine: the problem is not just ObamaCare

My friend’s son is an Emergency Room doctor and an accomplished athlete (he participates in Iron Man Triathalons and the like). He recommended a family doctor he knew who had some sports medicine experience. He is, my friend reported,

one of the rare doctors who still works by himself, takes his own phone calls and admits his own patients to hospital. . . .  He does not have any electronic medical records. . . .  He was the first doctor who sat there and listened to my WHOLE STORY before he said anything.  Before he examined me he said “I am pretty sure I know what is going on.”  When he got down to my groin he put me finger in the spot that hurts and I went through the roof.  He said. “I am 99.9% sure I know what is going on.”  It was 3 pm on a Friday and he picked up the phone and asked to speak to a radiologist.  Seemed like most of them were gone so he had to wait awhile.  I then heard him tell radiologist that I was a doctor and father of a doctor and he would like an MRI DONE NOW.   The radiologist said to come right over and he would try to get it done.  Went to hospital, signed in, took my sedative and then was told to come back tomorrow for the procedure. . . . My whole point in this long diatribe is that the only doctor who acted like a doctor was the one has refused to part of the new healthcare, acts like your personal doctor, listens to your story, and then made a  forceful phone call to get something done.

Turns out the family doctor was right. The problem was a tear in the labrum, the lining of the hip joint.  No one else suspected it. No other scan picked it up because no scan of that area was ordered. Moral: “The lowly family doctor who bothered to take a history and do a physical made the diagnosis.” Keep it in mind the next time you visit your doctor, behold the battalions of administrative worker bees populating his office, and wonder why you are treated like widget number 726 in the long production line of his customers.