State lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law. “Lawmakers [in California] are working on proposals that would enable physician assistants, nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists to diagnose, treat and manage some illnesses.” And you people were worried this awesome plan was gonna fall apart like some federally-funded green energy project.

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ooddballz February 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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Yeah, I want my eye Dr. to prescribe my narcotics.

GhostntheMachine February 14, 2013 at 6:29 am

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Just think of the fun prostate exams! Better here… or here?

ooddballz February 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

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Don’t even joke about prostrate exams.
My lady is a nurse, and is pushing for me to have one. I tell her if any one is sticking ANYTHING up my butt, they had better plan on buying me dinner and drinks first. And none of that cheap booze, top shelf all the way, and then I MIGHT think about it.

Not so silent February 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

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I know this is not gonna help but it’s worse than you fear…They heard me in the waiting room the last time….about 100 feet down the hallway……Someone said it sounded like the Doctor shot a bear….have fun with it…..I am just terrible aren’t I?

drb February 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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you musta given him a speeding ticket.

Not so silent February 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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Somehow I think he enjoys the yearly visit..I never gave him a ticket, a lot of his patients are cops, and I think it’s just his way of reminding me of my place in the universe..:)

sa_rose February 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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A prostate exam is less of a problem than NOT getting one and ending up with a fistula draining foul smelling drainage through your balls and/or penis. Just saying.

poppajoe49 February 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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You paint such a pretty picture. [vomit]

ooddballz February 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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Yeah, thanks for that notso. Now guess how many fingers I am holding up for you, and which one it is.

Not so silent February 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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Just an educated guess, perhaps the middle finger of the right hand…:)

drb February 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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really? she’s pushing for that? how young are you?

ooddballz February 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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I’m 48, pushing 49. And IF I have it done, the Doctor damn well better not have BOTH hands on my shoulders.

drb February 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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ok, ok you can put it off til you’re 50 then…so long as you’re still peein’ like a racehorse.

ooddballz February 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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thanks for the reprieve drb.

drb February 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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you’re welcome.

flashingscotsman February 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

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Not So, you might want to see a different doc. I got one of those exams when I was in my 30′s, and it wasn’t a problem. Not what I’d LIKE to be doing, but better than a broken leg.

GhostntheMachine February 16, 2013 at 1:33 am

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@oodd, I think if your Lady friend the nurse is so fired up about this, she should give the exam. Forget those clowns on tv always telling you “not to try this at home”, go ahead, she’s a nurse for cryin out loud. All those in favor say AYE…

ooddballz February 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

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Actually ghost, she keeps offering. but since she specializes in geriatric care and most specifically in palliative care (that means all her patients are terminal) I think I will pass on her kind offer. She keeps wanting to give me a catheter so I won’t have to get out of bed at 4 A.M. to go to the bathroom too. I tell her getting up to pee is REALLY not a problem for me.

GhostntheMachine February 16, 2013 at 3:16 am

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LMAO, I’m just glad we can all joke and poke fun at each other in between the serious stuff without somebody getting pissy.

[just reread that after hitting send, nice accidental pun there to your Lady's 4am solution ;) ]

drb February 16, 2013 at 3:57 am

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jokin’ is fine but you might want to watch it with that pokin’…just sayin’ ;)

GhostntheMachine February 16, 2013 at 3:59 am

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I was talking about a figurative 3 Stooges poke in the eye… what in the world were you thinking about?

drb February 16, 2013 at 4:02 am

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teehee…I plead the 5th (of woodford reserve)

poppajoe49 February 16, 2013 at 5:22 am

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Depends on who and where the pokin’ is taking place! ;-)

drb February 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

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OMG, getting up once during the night doesn’t mean anything…multiple times a night or if you have the urge to go but very little comes out then that MIGHT be a different story…Like I said, as long as you’re peein’ like a racehorse…

ooddballz February 16, 2013 at 4:08 am

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The 4 A.M thing is involuntary. That’s usually about the time the poodle jumps on my bladder.

I think he does that so I have to move and he gets a nice warm spot in the bed.

drb February 16, 2013 at 4:11 am

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smart doggie

Ruben February 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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Perhaps they can cross train doctors for a variety of tasks. I hear proctologists set up great alumni reunions because they’re good at looking up old friends.

GhostntheMachine February 14, 2013 at 6:43 am

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Damn, guess I should read all the comments before jumping in right at the top. What a noob mistake.

Progressive Hemrrhoid February 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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Yet another “We Told You This Was Going To Happen” for the frigging idiots who voted for something they didn’t even read. By this reasoning these morons might as well give Drug Dealers licenses to fill prescriptions.

poppajoe49 February 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm

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I won’t start worrying until I see the headlines about US Dr’s heading for Canada because the regulations are so much easier to deal with there.

in 3….2…..1…..

danybhoy February 14, 2013 at 5:58 am

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You will see medical tourism with americans going abroad to get treatment. Bet on it, & make sure you have a passport.

ooddballz February 14, 2013 at 6:08 am

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Already happening, I know people who go to Latin America for dental work. American trained dentists, South American prices.

flashingscotsman February 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

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My lady and I go to Mexico for ALL dental needs. Great doctors, using the latest equipment and techniques, speaking English, and they do great work for less than a fifth of what we would pay for it here. Not to mention you can get some great tacos in TJ.

jcrowley1985 February 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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ooddballz February 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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Personally, I blame Ron Paul.
BTW, STFU welfare whore.

Not so silent February 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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TD MO and Turds for Ron Paul’s adopted love child….

flashingscotsman February 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm

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Whoever is paying Crowley isn’t getting their money’s worth.

CO2Insanity February 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

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I thought of the perfect job for Crowley. Crash test dummy. Well, perhaps he’s overqualified.

poppajoe49 February 15, 2013 at 7:44 am

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He’s not smart enough.

flashingscotsman February 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

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Not enough Cheetos.

ooddballz February 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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Corporate speed?

sa_rose February 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm

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They already do. And the country has been gifted with the bizarre infections they bring home with them.

sa_rose February 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

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I truly don’t mind seeing an Advance Practice Nurse (nurse practitioners.) THey actually LISTEN to what your issues are, and give reasonable. conservativ treatment, all with an decent explanation of why they are doing what they are doing and the expected outcome, as well as when to check back. Optomiotrists are great at evaluating vision,. and getting glasses made, but have no training in the treatment of medical diseases and conditions of the eye. That’s why they are at you local glasses store. not seeing patients in a private practice. I wouldn’t let a PA near me with a 20 foot pole. The are generally egotistical asses that want the perks of being a Doc with non (or only a fraction) of the work. And a siginificant number are idiots. I jae one moron try to take my temp with an ear thermometer, with halfmy jaor blocking it in the ear canal, and told me I didn’t have a fever. I walked a block down the strees to an ER where my temp registeres 103 and I was diagnosed with dehydration and a vicious UTI. Nope, no PA’s for me!