Monday, August 17, 2009

A Health Care Event

For the second time in about four months a blood vessel in my left eye burst, turning it into a lurid red orb. Yesterday--a Sunday--I called the Veterans Affairs nurse (apparently in Dayton, Ohio) hotline and after describing my symptoms and an ongoing concern about chronic chronic irritation in both eyes, she advised me that she would make a note in my file to my primary care physician. Today, my physician directed me to the eye clinic, where despite a full patient schedule, I was able to see a doctor who spent about 30 minutes examining my eye and listening to my concerns.

Not bad for an overworked, understaffed bureaucratic socialist medical system.

Oh yeah, all this at no charge.



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