I surfed over to my insurance company’s website to pull up listings for a certain “specialist” (nothing major or weird, but hey, y’all don’t need to know every detail of my life!). I live in an urban center, so locating said doctor really shouldn’t be an issue.
The original list contained 23 names.
5 were located at address A.
3 were located at address B.
Address A and address B have the same phone number. Upon calling, I discover that really only TWO of the eight doctors are actually in my area; the other six are scattered about Cleveland or some such.
The earliest appointment I could get was JULY 12th.
So naturally I begin scouring through the remaining 15 names.
Another 4 are at address C. But when I call, I discover the insurance company’s directory is F#@ked and that number is actually for a family practice.
Down to 11…
Another number provided the message “This office is permanently closed….”
And yet one more provider “isn’t accepting new patients.”
9 and counting….
And yet another 2 at the same address, but way the hell on the other side of town. And I don’t mean ten minutes away, I’m talking a good twenty-five with the only route being south and east then north again, all the way around and through the city.
Where are we? Oh yeah, 7…
2 more in the same practice, 2 (more) on the far east side of the city, one in a neighboring city/county….So out of 23, I’m down to 5 real possibilities.
But yeah, we don’t need national health care. It’s perfectly reasonable to have to wait FOUR MONTHS for a fucking doctor’s appointment.