Contributed by Marianne Clayter
What can you do in eight minutes? I can shower in less than eight minutes. I can walk to the bus station in about eight minutes. I can cook an egg in less than eight minutes. How about you?
A couple of months ago eight minutes changed for me. The agency I receive my treatment from and my doctor changed the way I see my doctor. Eight minutes became very valuable for me. And it’s all because of money and policies.
A couple of months ago I was informed I could no longer spend 15 to 30 minutes with my doctor. Now I would only have eight minutes!
Now a staff member takes me to an empty room and asks me questions from a paper. The questions are about smoking, drinking, sleeping. And what I want to talk with the doctor about. The staff member also writes my prescriptions for the doctor to sign while I see him.
Now I must narrow what I talk with the doctor about, be really focused. The eight minutes seem to be over before they start. I haven’t been able to get through my lists all the way yet except for last week.
All I can do is schedule appointments with the doctor more often if I don’t go over everything with him. This costs me more with my co-pay and Medicaid more.
I am seriously considering finding another agency for my treatment. Fifteen minutes would be better than eight!