Friday I got a notice from my gastroenterologist to remind me that one of those "procedures' is due. In order to get the whole thing rolling, I was to contact the office voice mail, leave my name addy and DOB. Eventually they will send me a packet of information and someone very soon after that (oh boy ohboy) will contact me and set up the date. The letter, which was dated October 6th, arrived on the 16th. Only ten days. Not bad, for a town 20 miles away.
In all of this I will apparently have no contact with anyone involved for any reason at all until they call me, and no contact whatsoever with anyone physically until the driveby surgery, where the Gastro guy comes by says hi, I'm your surgeon, and twenty minutes later Im wheeled out of the operating room, jiggled awake, bundled into the car, and sent home. This is not what I call a fuzzy warm moment.
I had a regular physician type doctor for ten years or more, never met him. I did all my doctor stuff with his PA, and she has been around for so long on many papers she is referred to as MD. Two years ago the doctor I have never met left the practice, (I found out through a third party), and a new doctor has taken his place. I still havent met him, and I still work with the same PA.
At least I see the dentist face to face.
When did doctors start doing this? Im not sure I like it, but it does pave the way for robotics in the future, when you never seen any live folks at all, just robotic arms and scalpels and hypodermics. Press one for yes and two for no. Leave your name, number and DOB at the sound of the beep and one of our AI assistants will contact you.