Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2017-07-04 11:39 am (UTC)
Hm, I'm a pretty healthy 38-year-old. Most years I see a doctor about once, usually for an asthma checkup, occasionally for something around repro health eg a Pap smear every three years. This year it's been a bit more because I had a minor problem that required several visits to deal with. My appointments are 10 minutes, but that's because my issues are minor and simple enough that 10 minutes is more than plenty to deal with them. I always feel that I have a great relationship with doctors and they care about my health; after all, they're trained to 'build rapport' with patients they see only very briefly. I could fairly easily get more time if I needed it.
I imagine that my American counterpart would have pretty positive healthcare experiences too, though. I mean, I'm not only white and middle-class and earn about twice the median salary, I work in a medical field and I know how to convince doctors to treat me as a peer. And I don't have any complex or chronic health conditions (very mild and easily medicated asthma hardly counts). I am overweight by BMI, but my appearance is socially valued curvy so I don't usually get immediate anti-fat prejudice when I walk in the door.
I'm thinking that a tenured professor at a mid-range university would have reasonably solid health insurance. She might pay a bit more for it in terms of insurance premiums and copays than I do in tax, especially since I imagine she'd have to pay out-of-pocket for anything related to the pre-existing asthma, which is most of what I need healthcare for. But she would have access to good quality healthcare from doctors who respected her and cared about her health. Or am I too optimistic and that sort of thing is only for millionnaires?
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