(Copenhagen, Denmark) Visited a Dermatologist earlier this year because of some sun damage on my nose. The dermatologist advised me that the damage was quite deep and along with a biopsy the damage would need to be treated by a plastic surgeon. The dermatologist informed me that someone from my local hospital would get in touch with me "soon" to schedule the biopsy and follow up surgery to remove the skin damage. Within 48 hours I had a call from the hospital offering me a choice of several different days/times that I could come in the following week. Following the biopsy, I had to wear a dressing for a few days while we awaited the results. The hospital sent me home with gauze, medical tape, ointment, scissors, and tweezers so I could change my own dressings. A few days later after the (negative) biopsy results, they scheduled my plastic surgery to remove the sun damage, and repair it with a small skin graft taken from my neck. The surgery was performed by a team of 4 - a surgeon, 2 nurses, and an anesthesiologist, who took their time and were clearly interested in my care and comfort. Follow up visits were required to remove the stitches, and later to two visits to check on the healing. In all, I probably filled out a total of 3 forms, never waited more than 15 minutes to see a doctor or nurse, and my total out of pocket expense was ZERO - well, actually I did pay the equivalent of about $2 for a bus ride home after my surgery because they told me I shouldn't ride my bike. Compare this to my last US dermatologist visit in 2015 for out-patient treatment of minor sun damage on my face. With what I'd consider pretty good private insurance from my Fortune 100 company policy, my out of pocket was $225. I waited about a week for my appointment (not bad), filled out reams of paperwork - mostly asking the same questions I'd answered in my previous visits, had to file additional paperwork with my insurance company, and was kept waiting 30 minutes beyond the time of my appointment to see the doctor, who was clearly overbooked and quite rushed.
No waiting / No cost #DAresists #Medicare4all
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