Saturday, November 8, 2008
It took my sister's lawyerly diplomacy and the kindness of a third-year medical student to bust me out of the hospital last night. The different teams taking care of me didn't agree on a treatment plan and a mix-up in orders to the radiology department resulted in my staying an unnecessary extra night. (No wonder healthcare costs are out of control.) While I've had some excellent hospital care over the years for which I am eternally grateful, I've also seen some serious flaws with the system. It's frighteningly clear that one needs to double-check things whenever possible.