Family Doctors - back in the 60's & 70's

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  1. Braciola

    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    Remember when family doctors did simple procedures right in their office back in the 60's early 70's? (I'm sure even more so before that, but I wasn't around)

    Now they won't even touch you.
    All they are good for is writing prescriptions (a lot of them harmful/addictive, which are pushed by drug reps), or giving referrals for everything else.
    It's a freaking joke.
     
  2. sfarnell

    sfarnell Gold Supporting Member

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    when I was a kid in the late '50s, early 60s, the doctor made house calls like Dr.Welby m.d.
     
  3. Braciola

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    Yup, I remember the faminly doctor coming to our home many times.
    I even remember his name - (Dr Kelner - Brick NJ)
     
  4. Nevets

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    They don't even give you a free lollipop anymore
     
  5. Schroedinger

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    Yeah, I really miss the days when doctors would do procedures in their office on a whim without diagnostics or proper training, instead of using the technologies that doubled the human lifespan over the last 100 years, and sending patients to properly trained specialists. Just lazy I guess.

    Damned drug reps are ruining everything.
     
  6. jimmyj

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    We had our own doctor at the clinic in a small town of less than 500 people here in SoDak. He was a refugee from Latvia after WWII and was a very good doctor. He knew everyone in town by name and just about everyone that was born in the area from shortly after the war until the mid '60s was delivered by him.
     
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    If you want to blame someone, blame people who sue simply because someone must be at fault if there is a negative outcome during a medical procedure. Due to the crippling costs of malpractice insurance, most docs have little or no interesting in touching you. Not the doc's fault.

    Had a buddy who walked away from his 20+ year internal medicine practice in an nice part of town this past year to work on the poor, Hispanic side of town in KC. Cash clinic. When you are working with folks who can't afford insurance, they are actually grateful for your care.
     
  8. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    That's what really ticks me off! :waiting



    I don't think I've even experienced a house call, but they had them on Leave it to Beaver.
     
  9. derekd

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    As a doctor, do you make house calls?

    :knitting
     
  10. Tone_Terrific

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    Now if you have a wart and ask the doc he refers you to a specialist instead of popping it off with some nitro or a flick of a scalpel.
    Then the specialist charges for the visit and a procedure.
    This is progress?
    Health care is such a mess.
    Some parts work and others are far too convoluted.
     
  11. fish78

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    yep!
     
  12. Flyin' Brian

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    It boils down to this. But nothing's perfect. I get pretty much everything covered up here but there are gaps and concerns.
     
  13. TNJ

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    I don't make house calls…I do make phone calls.

    When I was 10, our family doc paid our family a visit…we all had the flu!

    I couldn't believe he came over, and that was the last time he did it, IIRC.

    (although, he also delivered me, saw me in the ER for kidstuff, and at age 13 put a cast on me to treat my osgood schlatters dz)

    Still…this is a different age of medicine, IME. Back then, the doc was supreme and respected. The ones I saw as a patient deserved it, IMO.
    I was a big Marcus Welby and Joe Gannon fan as a kid. I thought these guys were gods. Hence my desire to try to follow in their footsteps. But, brother, has the pathway ever changed.
    Nowadays, corporate america, insurance companies and the gov't call the shots and have cut some of us docs off at the knees. Patients have lost respect for the profession due to the aforementioned parties, and a few bad docs who attempted to cash in by trying to beat them at their own game. I have ceased recommending any students I have contact with to pursue a career in medicine.

    To be honest, I do urgent care and occ. medicine. I've been practicing since 1987, so I've been around the block. And it's been mostly been a stressfest with a healthy dose of legal paranoia thrown in. I've never had any legal issues, but I have been on a few peer review panels where I could not believe what was happening to a few unlucky physicians.

    Now I just want to practice medicine part time, and become the best musician I can be!
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  14. ELmiguel

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    I don't have a problem with my G.P. like you are stating.
    Maybe you need to change your doctor.
    As far as the 50's and 60's go, I have scars from my family doctor doing Frankenstein stitches in his office. They also prescribed antibiotics for everything. So now, there are many drug resistant diseases.
    I could go on, but no need to. Things are better now in my opinion.
     
  15. RoryGfan

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    Our family doctor made house calls, too. His name was Dr. Bennett and he was truly a good family doctor.

    One big advantage was if there was a "bug" going round, you didn't have to go to his office and sit with 15 others who had the same illness, except a lot worse than you.

    Also, I don't remember him seeing three drug salesmen for every patient.

    No, he didn't send you off for x-rays and such, but he mostly dealt with throat and ear infections and some highly infectious stuff, too. A good man.
     
  16. sixty2strat

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    Also you did not wait 2 weeks for an appointment.

    Same thing that happened to your local pro music shop happened to medicine.....Medical Center a division of Guitar Center and Bain Capital...it became a way to generate profits

    Medical Centers 4th of July Healthcare a thon: This week 15% off all procedures * see list for exemptions
     
  17. FiestaRed

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    We have two full time Hospice Medical Directors and a Nurse Practitioner that go out with us to the homes of patients quite regularly. The families and patients love having a physician in their homes, and the docs love it too. They are always reminding us that if we have someone who is having symptoms that are difficult to get under control or if there is a patient or family who is struggling that they want to go out and visit them.

    There are also a few PCPs around here that I know will sometimes swing by a patient's home in the evening after work to check in on them. These are not hospice patients but just a patient from a PCP's regular practice.
     
  18. Roark

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    This is making a comeback, it's called concierge medicine. My wife's doctor does this, he works from his home.

    He makes housecalls and hospital visits, there is a travel fee, but he takes all of the major insurance.
     
  19. D. Stewart

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    Our family doctor did this. He was a GP, did minor surgeries/procedures in his office, (his receptionist/nurse/wife did the lab work), was the surgeon who took out my tonsils (in hospital... not on the kitchen table... that was a reminiscence of another time much like this one), made house calls as needed, was a psychologist when you needed one,and was ultimately a family friend. Great guy.

    Seemed perfectly normal at the time, but looking back I realize they broke the mold with those guys. That was what being a family doctor was supposed to be.
     
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    My wife noticed a potential infection following reconstructive surgery a few weeks ago (She had a double mastectomy last fall with a previous infection).

    Her plastic surgeon has made two house calls this weekend. He doesn't typically do it, but she is defying the odds for weird stuff happening even when you do everything right.

    We are very appreciative.

    It helps to live in a town of 100,000 or fewer people.
     

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