I’ve heard of payment in advance, but this is ridiculous.
When you book your car in for a service you expect the work will be done, an invoice issued, and then you pay your bill.
The same applies when you build a house. You contract a builder, they do some of that building shit, and then you pay.
So why are surgeons different?
Why is it that I’ve had to pay in advance for some upcoming surgery I’ll be having?
Don’t they trust themselves?
Is this some form of insurance in case I don’t make it?
We all know today’s medical fraternity operates in a highly litigious environment, and to secure themselves against potential patient claims they have to insure themselves to the max, but does that give them the right to make pre-emptive strikes against their customers?
Is this insurance by proxy?
I’m starting to think I’ve chosen a dud.
Perhaps through no fault of her own a few of her customers haven’t left the operating theatre as alive as when they went in. Perhaps I’ve picked a surgeon with a poor track record, and that maybe she’s lost the odd patient in her travels.
Maybe she’s been left out of pocket one time too many.
I hope not.
Obviously a patient can’t sign a credit card voucher when they’re six feet under but it doesn’t inspire confidence when it becomes a pay-before-you-stay situation.
I’m hoping it’s just a case of covering the up-front costs of using the hospital’s operating theatre and equipment, and not a sign of horrible things to come.
Hopefully I’ll be around to give you all the graphic details next month. I might call the article “101 Things You Didn’t Know About Sinus Surgery”, or maybe “Mucous For Beginners”.
For me, the term “Standard Operating Procedure” just took on a whole new meaning.