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Subject:  Re: Health Care: We're missing the big picture, Date:  7/11/2007  12:14 PM
Author:  amuseing Number:  8088 of 73796

>> I don't believe that people would be lining up to go to the doctor when they don't need to go - just because it's "free". <<

From my experience as a doc I would refute this. Years ago I worked at a multi-doc clinic in Berkeley where we each took night call for the whole clinic several nights a month. For a reason I never understood ( other than it being Berkeley) , it was free for patients to call in with emergencies at night. It was awful! It was one of the reasons I gave when I finally decided to leave and open my own practice. I'd get woken up all hours of the night because someone's hemorrhoid was hurting or cause they couldn't sleep or cause their 3 year old had a cough ( which they'd had for 4 days and hadn't come in even though appointments were available). After I left they initiated a