Posted by: PD Warrior | September 22, 2007


My great-uncle once told me, “if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it’s probably because more cows have crapped in that field…”

It’s human nature to always want the best, and sadly I must admit I am just as guilty as anyone else when it comes down to desiring things that I cannot have.

That’s not always a bad thing though. Desires, especially strong ones, are the basis of mans creativity. If we didn’t desire better modes of transportation we would still be using a horse and buggy to get from point A to point B.

At the same time, however, we need to be prudent. Especially when it comes to health care. If you ever find yourself in a position where you need a specialist, do your research. You may find out that Dr. Schmoe down the street, who only charges a small fee for his services, is just as qualified, or perhaps even more qualified as Dr Schmee from the next town. Just because the doctor drives a fancy car, or works for a prestigious clinic does not always make him/her the best. Sometimes the doctor is simply riding on the reputation of the center where he/she is employed. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the doctor and his experience in the field.

The same goes for medications. Just because there is a brand new med on the market doesn’t always mean you should drop everything you are already on and ask the MD to put you on the new drug. (In fact, I know several doctors personally who prefer not to try new drugs until they have been on the market for a while – that way they have a better idea of the drugs effectiveness and/or side effects.)

In many ways making important health-care decisions is like buying a new car. A souped up Rolls Royce might look pretty, but it’s only a car. And, like any other car, it will break down eventually and the parts to fix it are more expensive. So, when looking for a specialist, get out there and kick some tires, and check the mileage (this is one case when you want someone that has been around the block more than once)


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