More from the NY Times– I’m on a kick this week, I guess.
In this column, Tara Parker-Pope, the medical reporter/blogger who writes the “Well” Blog in the Times, critiques her daughter’s medical care. She describes how her daughter sprained her ankle dancing. She took her to the pediatrician, who recommended the usual care (rest, ice, compression) and waiting it out. It was not better after a month, so she took her to a sports medicine specialist. That specialist ordered an MRI and sent her to an orthopedist. THAT specialist took a lot of blood and did another MRI, and sent her to a rheumatologist. THAT specialist did a bunch more tests…but the ankle still hurt. At this point, Ms. Parker-Pope called a halt to the merry-go-round, went back to the original sports medicine person, had her daughter get a steroid shot, and she was better in a few days.
She says, “I canceled all her appointments with the various specialists, and went back to the sports doctor. We discussed a new approach that focused solely on pain relief. He consulted with my daughter’s pediatrician, and they agreed on a treatment. Within days, my daughter’s ankle had stopped throbbing, and soon she was back to sports and dancing. The cost of this ankle injury had reached well into the thousands of dollars — I had lost track because it was all covered by my insurance.”