Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Why is it so hard to get an appointment?

You know how you want to make an appointment with your doctor for a problem that doesn't require a visit to the emergency room or urgent care but you want it taken care of ASAP? You know how sometimes it's difficult to find an appointment right away?

That might be because the state of Oregon has this recommendation:

The following are some suggestions, adapted from the Migrant Health Newsline, for practitioners who may be caring for migrant and seasonal farm worker families:

4. Consider booking 2 time slots for the first visit of a migrant/seasonal farm worker and family members. They often have transportation problems and the office visit could take longer if there is a language barrier.

That's right, illegal aliens get two time slots! Because they didn't bother learning the language or staying sober while driving it is more difficult for you, the legal resident, to make an apointment.

This was among other suggestions such as:

1. Consider attending a workshop on cultural competency to better understand the issues.

3. Ask about their living and work situations and give guidance that is within the realm of possibility for them. Ex. Be sure a patient has a refrigerator before prescribing medication that needs refrigeration, or asking them to apply ice to an injury.

The Oregon Health Division is very excited that, yes, even urban doctors have the "opportunity" to treat illegal aliens of their tuberculosis!

However, even urban practitioners will have opportunities to serve this population. Lately, migrant and seasonal farm workers are increasingly employed by labor contractors who transport them to and from the work place.



R Huse said...

This is amazing. First there is the attitude - doctors whould waste valuble time for someone who cant get it together to keep an appointment. Second, tax dollars are wasted promulgating this advice. Why is it that when someone is engaged in something constructive, like obtaining a building permit, or starting a business, the state comes down on them like a ton of bricks. Yet if you come here and dont speak the language, the state goes to bat for you to try and get doctors to devote twice as much time to you? Im begining to wonder what the point is. I am seriously considering becoming a drug addict as a carreer move. If nothing else I think mentally it would be more satisfying. The government would actually be constantly working for me, doing things for me, trying to house me and give me health care. Its begining to look more and more appealing every day.

Daniel said...

"I am seriously considering becoming a drug addict as a carreer move."

You know, that actually makes sense. They would give you a house in Portland, pay your bills (ok, force other taxpayers to pay your bills) and give you acupuncture sessions.

And you would finally feel like you were a represented constituency!