From the man who authored How Doctors Think, Jerome Groopman, MD, along with Pamela Hartzband, MD, speak out about American health care being reduced to a money making factory. Quote: "Patients are no longer patients, but rather customers or consumers."
Adhesion sufferers can certainly attest to the money-merry-go-round they encounter when entering a doctor's office. But wait, before we step into the doctor's office, the money-merry-go-round actually begins with the phone call to make an appointment. The first question we are asked: what is the name of your insurance company? Even as a patient (or parent of a patient) we have finally become accustomed to first hearing the insurance question. We may still heave a disheartened sigh, but nowadays, we certainly expect as much.
Ill. Just hope it doesn't happen to you.
Once the patient steps into the doctor's office, the ride continues. The co-pay is collected and the patient is told to have a seat. If you are lucky, you might get ten minutes to explain your pain and problems before you are sent out for tests. Tests that (hopefully) will aid the physician in his analogy as to what ails you. But, if not, he will still reap a financial reward for the tests performed. Well...at least one of you will benefit.
For those who suffer from adhesions, the merry-go-round may never stop. Most people who suffer from adhesions will wonder what in the Sam Hill is wrong with them as they roam a medical dry desert completely deplete of any oasis. In fact, statistics show the average adhesion sufferer will search 7-10 years for an answer to pain. Perhaps even worse, (yes, it can get worse) is the adhesion sufferer who is fortunate enough to finally get a correct diagnosis, only then may end up as longtime client to a surgeon who will knowingly harm you further by operating again and again until you are--no, not well--but rather, frozen.
Once you are frozen, he will throw up his hands and tell you he has done all he can do for you and he is now dismissing you as a patient.
Yes, sadly, once you've developed a frozen abdomen due to repeat surgeries, you are no longer a source of income for the physician--er,-- a candidate for surgical attempts to "improve" your health. You, my friend, are out the door.