Should doctors be forced to treat patients promptly?

New regulations to reduce wait times for medical care in California are due to take effect next year. Under the proposal, primary care doctors employed by HMOs are required to see patients within 10 days of the appointment request, and specialists must see patients within 15 days. Telephone calls must be returned within 30 minutes and patients needing urgent care have to be seen within 48 hours…In San Diego, patients wait an average of more than 3 weeks for a routine physical. In Los Angeles, the average approaches 2 months

How long does it take to get an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar?

When you pay an insurance company $11,000 per year to micro-manage your sickcare usage, you lose the status of “paying customer” in the eyes of physicians and hospitals. Customers are “a person or organization that buys goods or services from a store or business.”

The current customer of the sickness industry (hospitals/doctors) is the health insurance industry.

If you take back the transaction from the insurance companies, you take back “customer” status. And once you become the paying customer, when your body breaks, you’ll start being treated like Apple treats customers with broken computers.

Should doctors be forced to treat patients promptly?