Saturday, October 6, 2007


They still do them in Spain. Can you believe that? Pretty darn cool. We had a minor medical emergency last night and were able to get a doctor to come out early this morning. We had to wait a couple of hours between the call and the arrival of the doctor but, as my mom pointed out, you could easily wait that long - or longer - in an emergency room. When he did arrive, the doctor was well-prepared, did a proper exam and prescribed the necessary remedy. In most of the United States I think this tradition died out a century ago, but I wouldn't necessarily call such service old-fashioned. Instead I think it's quite a modern take on customer service and health care.


Mark said...

Doc Martin (yeah that is his real name) in New Town is trying his damndest to make house calls work. The only way he can do it is to either not charge the patient at all and not tell the insurance company about it, or charge the patient $200, of which the insurance company will not cover any of it.

It's a bummer when health care is strictly business.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Health Care in the U.S. is killing us. Companies are having a hard time competing with other countries because of it. I hope everything went okay with your house call.