Don’t let that disability keep you down.

Hilarious interaction with a young male patient last summer.

Me:  What seems to be the problem sir?

Patient (grimacing):  I twisted my knee water skiing!

Me:  It looks like a sprain, we’re going to put you in a knee immobilizer, and you need to ice and elevate it.  Do you need a note for work?

Patient:  Oh no, I don’t work, I’m disabled.

Me (noticing he is on Medicare):  Disabled?  From what?

Patient:  I hurt my back in a car crash.

Me:  So you can water ski, but you can’t work?

Patient:  Something like that.

Me:  Wow, that’s that’s a bad deal, how are you holding up?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

tb 12.29.08 at 8:23 am

Smirk…r o u g h life, eh? How do i get me one of those?

TDB 12.30.08 at 12:33 am

It drives me nuts when people abuse a system (any system), but I think abusing the health system is the worst. The medical system is there so that people can go to the doctor when they need to, when people complain because they can’t that is not the doctors fault most of the time, but the fault of those who abuse the medical system. There is no excuse for laziness!

cynic 01.01.09 at 4:27 pm

There needs to be a reporting system setup for these types of issues. Why there is not one in place is self explanatory, nonetheless change needs to happen.

How one goes about making these changes is beyond me, any lawyers out there?

StlMOtoo 01.02.09 at 8:14 pm

Medicaid and Medicare are getting more computerized and when these claims go through – I suppose if done right, someone there should start catching them.

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