Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


The Philadelphia Phillies' So Taguchi is the only Japanese major league baseball player who does not use an interpreter. How come?
Taguchi used an interpreter when he first signed with St. Louis in 2002. However, he was sent to the minors that season and with the demotion came this message: You want an interpreter, you pay for it.

"I decided I don't need it," Taguchi said with a laugh the other day.

Isn't it amazing what you decide you no longer need when you have to pay for it yourself? I wonder how that would play out in health care.


At Wed Mar 05, 08:04:00 AM, Blogger rlbates said...

I've wondered that many times. Still, especially with the chronic diseases, sometimes the need is still there even if you can't pay for it. Think house repairs you can't pay for vs remodeling that you just want.

At Thu Mar 06, 09:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the uninsured such as my parents, it depends on their income. And sometimes what they have decided they don't need is something of a matter of buying food and paying bills or pursuing testing on an unidentified autoimmune disease with new and painful symptoms cropping up. Answer: The rheumatologist is too expensive and probably wouldn't help because any non-steroid medicines are probably too expensive as well.

Doesn't help that there was a pcp that wouldn't touch autoimmune, so she's had to switch doctors again and has some trust issues with doctors in general since this autoimmune was so subtle early on.


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