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Group Appointments With Doctors: When Three Isn't A Crowd (Oh yay!)
Everyday Health ^ | March 19, 2013 | Michelle Andrews

Posted on 03/19/2013 4:12:36 PM PDT by KansasGirl

TUESDAY, March 19, 2013 (Kaiser Health News) — When visiting the doctor, there may be strength in numbers.

In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them (even if not one-on-one), increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes.

Some see group appointments as a way to ease looming physician shortages. According to a study published in December, meeting the country's health-care needs will require nearly 52,000 additional primary-care physicians by 2025. More than 8,000 of that total will be needed for the more than 27 million people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.


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KEYWORDS: 0care; groupdoctorappt; groupdrappointments; healthcare; obamacare; zerocare
I love the way this "reporter" tries to spin another disastrous result of Obamacare as a positive! Oh yay, no more private physician visits! I get to have group appts! And my co-pay doesn't even go up!

The comments after the article are great.

1 posted on 03/19/2013 4:12:36 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl
Unbelievable!
2 posted on 03/19/2013 4:15:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: KansasGirl

How does this comply with HIPPA?


3 posted on 03/19/2013 4:16:19 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: KansasGirl
How will they know if the Doc changed gloves after each patient during a group rectal exam?

Answer: Mirrors, lots of them.

PS - you're welcome.

4 posted on 03/19/2013 4:16:20 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: KansasGirl

This crazy piece of spin won’t survive contact with HIPAA.


5 posted on 03/19/2013 4:16:31 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: KansasGirl

Next up group rectal exams.


6 posted on 03/19/2013 4:16:36 PM PDT by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: KansasGirl

Don’t they do this in Massachusetts? They all meet in a group and swear not to divulge information about one another?


7 posted on 03/19/2013 4:17:01 PM PDT by goldi
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

>>How will they know if the Doc changed gloves after each patient during a group rectal exam?

In my induction physical for the Navy in 1979, the doctor wore the same gloves for examining 8 scrotums and 8 rectums (but in his defense, he didn’t “break the plane”).


8 posted on 03/19/2013 4:18:46 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: KansasGirl
Just like Africa.

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9 posted on 03/19/2013 4:18:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: goldi
swear not to divulge information about one another?

Heck that's no fun.

Let's put it on tv in a reality show format.

Somebody get Ryan Seacrest on the line...

10 posted on 03/19/2013 4:20:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: KansasGirl

Next; Group prostate exams.


11 posted on 03/19/2013 4:21:13 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: DLfromthedesert

My question too.


12 posted on 03/19/2013 4:21:43 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: nascarnation

With bets on who will die first and who gets voted off immunization island.


13 posted on 03/19/2013 4:22:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Bryanw92

Yeah, that was pre-HIV, Hep C, etc.


14 posted on 03/19/2013 4:24:16 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: KansasGirl

This is BANANA REPUBLIC CRAP!!! WE ARE AFRICA!!!


15 posted on 03/19/2013 4:28:34 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: KansasGirl

Obama said that he believed that reducing doctor’s pay would cause them to be more “productive”. He was speaking the truth (oddly enough); too bad few people realized what doctor “productivity” means for patients.


16 posted on 03/19/2013 4:29:08 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: DLfromthedesert; Bryanw92
Under Obamacare bureaucrats control the flow of your information.
17 posted on 03/19/2013 4:29:46 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: DLfromthedesert

How does this comply with HIPPA?”

Some mental health practitioners already do this. It’s called group therapy.

Re HIPAA, IMO this is another ridiculous set of govt regs which should also be abolished and certainly should have been seen as a precursor to Obamacare.

In spite of this, I can envision, for instance, the 2nd Tuesday of every month being mammogram day for those living within a certain ZIP code. All the ladies line up, bare breasted and someone in a TSA uniform at the front of the line yells next, puts each boob in the slammer, hits a button and it’s done. Or air travelers being informed that their full body scan will be sent off to the nearest lab for analysis and determination of any possible medical condition.


18 posted on 03/19/2013 4:30:46 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: KansasGirl
For example, in a diabetes group visit, a doctor might ask everyone to remove their shoes so he can examine their feet for sores or signs of infection, among other things. A typical session lasts up to two hours. In addition to answering questions and examining patients, the doctor often leads a discussion, often assisted by a nurse.

This can easily spiral into nightmare territory. Anyone else remember that old television commercial "Sometimes you get an itch so private you can only talk to your doctor about it"?
19 posted on 03/19/2013 4:33:44 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: supercat

Of course, the rich will be able to afford the fee for a private appointment! It’ll be everyone else who is herded in and out like cattle!

Obamacare = Disaster for anyone who is not rich.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 4:33:51 PM PDT by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: KansasGirl

Many of use served in the military and went through this. No, thank you.


21 posted on 03/19/2013 4:35:34 PM PDT by Pollster1
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To: KansasGirl
Doctor, it hurts when I do this!"

"Then don't do that. "

22 posted on 03/19/2013 4:48:52 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: KansasGirl

Isn’t this already normal at airport security? Everybody around is group-scanned, x-ray’d, and groped.


23 posted on 03/19/2013 4:49:12 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Followed by gruop gynecological exams. I wonder if they will tell us to “scoot down” individually or if one time will suffice...


24 posted on 03/19/2013 5:24:10 PM PDT by karatemom
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Do you know the difference between an oral and rectal thermometers is ?

Taste


25 posted on 03/19/2013 5:27:40 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Bryanw92

No HIPPA problems. Just get the patient to sign a waiver in the initial stack of forms. Don’t sign? Don’t get treated. But it’s all voluntary.


26 posted on 03/19/2013 5:32:41 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: KansasGirl

As long as they’re treating a group with “similar symptoms”; why bother actually diagnosing each one individually? Simply pick one patient at random, diagnose him or her & make multiple copies of the prescription form. That would be much more efficient. Think of the savings!


27 posted on 03/19/2013 5:52:23 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: KansasGirl

We’re in the ARMY now!


28 posted on 03/19/2013 6:03:47 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Kozak

lmAo!!


29 posted on 03/19/2013 6:19:55 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: KansasGirl

“Turn your heads away from each other and cough.”


30 posted on 03/19/2013 6:37:53 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: goldi

More probably at the Food Stamp President’s administration .... they are beyond transparent .... opaque.


31 posted on 03/19/2013 7:11:25 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Leveling the playing field for a Progressive is dragging everyone down to their level.)
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To: KansasGirl

Private suites for the elite.

Semi-private for the employed w/adequate insurance.

Wards for the rest of us. Curtains, perhaps, but they will be thin, stained and won’t go to the end of the rod.


32 posted on 03/20/2013 2:32:31 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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