”Hospitalist” 21 November 2010Posted by marisacat in Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
A monkey holds a ‘Krathong’, a raft made of coconut shell decorated with flowers, candles and incense, on the occasion of the annual Loy Krathong festival at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand
During my sojourn in the land of needle sticks, switchblade (my nickname for the instrument used) attacks on my finger tips (even as as my glucose tested normal day after day) and other alarming events, they sent in a “hospitalist” to try to sell me, a second go at as it were, on an invasive procedure.
Hospitalist? We have a crisis in health care in the country, esp at the clinic level, rural health care delivery, all sorts of health care…………..
So I wondered, WTF is a hospitalist:
[A] hospitalist is a general physician who cares for hospitalized patients. The hospitalist’s only concern is with patients in a hospital, they do not work out of a clinic or a private practice. Basically, the hospitalist assumes a hospitalized patient’s care in place of the patient’s primary care physician.
The hospitalist definition was coined by Drs. Robert Wachter and Lee Goldman in a 1996 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. Since that time, the field has exploded into popularity and has revolutionized the way patients are treated. By having hospitalists look after hospitalized patients, the primary care physicians can spend time more efficiently looking after patients in their own offices. This reduces the amount of hours primary care physicians work and may also improve preventative care. ….
Whatever. I still declined the needle to the heart fandango they wanted…. to perpetrate.