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Letter: Where are the compassionate doctors in Lodi?

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:40 pm

I feel the need to say something about Lodi’s medical doctors. I moved away for 10 years and wanted to come back to what I remember as the “Great Little Town of Lodi.”

I have some medical issues, so I have been to doctors. The ones I had before are almost all retired (Mullen and Reager, to name a few) so I had to find new ones. I will say Lodi Health Physicians Millsbridge Family Care is great.

I am in shock at how doctors are nowadays to their patients. They spend five minutes with you and you walk out either worse or not knowing what the heck you even have wrong. You are sent to a specialist because they can’t or don’t want to figure it out. Lodi Memorial Hospital has nice staff, but some of the ER doctors need to have some compassion and be a bit more humane.

I have been sent to so many doctors, had so many tests, spent so much money and still I’m sitting here after eight months with nothing resolved, and still waiting for a real doctor to come along and give me an accurate diagnosis and treatment. All doctors want to do now is either send you off to a specialist that “they know,” or spend five minutes talking to you with their foot half out of the door. If I call with a question, I get no real answer, then get documented for how many times I call trying to find out what I have, and eventually get dumped.

Take a few minutes, medical profession in Lodi, and spend a few extra minutes with your patients instead of letting most of us walk out not knowing what the heck is wrong, or saying we need a anti-depressant. Compassion and a simple explanation will go a long way and they have no side effects.

Jeanette Cott


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  • JC Strote posted at 11:53 am on Sun, Jul 13, 2014.

    jc Posts: 6

    I think you can blame all the requirements put on doctors today, we have become a litigious nation, we sue at the drop of a hat, We require doctors to have an exact answer and be 100% correct ALL OF THE TIME and if they make a mistake we SUE them. No wonder they are unwilling to diagnose without all the tests and backups to be sure that what they tell you is right and unwilling to tell you anything. We elect politicians that promise better, cheaper heath care, they require doctors to put all records on computers systems, they require LOTS of paperwork for insurance claims, lots of backup for all the claims and then they pay the Doctor 10 to 15% or the original claim. Have you looked at a medicare claim recently. How much of the original billed amount does Medicare cover? Our best and brightest are no longer choosing medicine because we WANT IT ALL for almost NOTHING.

  • Lisa Cross-Robinson posted at 10:30 am on Sat, Jul 12, 2014.

    suttercreeklisa Posts: 2

    That's a good question. My father was a doctor from the late 50's to the mid 1980's and he still made an occasional house call before his retirement. I've had many health issues and have had many great doctors from Lodi; they have all but one retired or passed away. The compassionate care is gone with the good old days it seems. LMH has always given me good care during and after surgery. I don't know about the emergency room physicians as I haven't utilized that service; the nurses on the floor have always be compassionate and caring though. It's difficult to find doctors willing to take the time to get to know their patients these days; I believe it's due to health insurance company people that set the amounts they pay doctors for appointments and procedures. They have no business setting these amounts or time allotments - They aren't doctors they are business people worried only about the mighty dollar. It's sad to watch the way our government and health insurance companies are ruining the medical profession.[sad]


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