What Is The Problem With This Picture?

My 4-year-old needs a preschool physical.  Today is Monday.  He needs it before Wednesday.  Oops.  I forgot about it.

My bad.

BUT.

Here’s the issue.

I called his pediatrician’s office, a group of a bunch of good doctors who are part of a way bigger group of doctors.  In other words, a corporation of doctors.  “How much will a preschool physical be, we don’t have insurance?” I ask.  “Between $160 and $216.  And that doesn’t include if he needs shots.”  I’m told. 

No Way.  Thank you very much.

Next call:  Our Family Doctor.  A self-employed Doctor in his own office where his voice is the voice you hear on the voice mail.  An amazing doctor, it’s just that he doesn’t have an appointment until Thursday.  Great guy.  His charge:  $60.

In an attempt to not have my son miss his first day of school, I go out on a limb and call the grocery store. 

WHAT?  The grocery store???

Yes.  The grocery store.  They have a bank, a Starbucks, a movie rental, why not have a doctor’s office?  I’ve seen something called The Little Clinic as I walk past the checker’s stands and customer service on my way to the bank.  Since when does a grocery store have a doctor’s office?

I remember seeing a sign for sports physicals, starting at $29.

I call.  A nice woman answers.  Yes, they do preschool physicals, for $29.

Well, guess we’re going to the grocery store tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll pick up some peaches after we see the doctor.  As weird as it is.

Next, they’ll put a dentist in.  That would actually be helpful.

But, back to the main question.  What is wrong with this picture?

Why is it $160-$216 to take my child to the corporate pediatrician?   If the REAL COST of health care is actually that high, how can our family doctor only charge $60?  And how can the grocery store offer a physical for $29? 

One answer is:  The real cost of health care IS NOT THAT HIGH. 

A second answer is:  Our family doctor is self-employed.  He charges what I would call the REAL COST.  He has lots of education.  He knows a lot.  He is a great doctor.  He is self-employed.  He has to pay his bills.  He has to pay his employees.  He has to pay his overhead.  He has to and deserves to make a living.  I understand that.  I would have taken my son there if he had an appointment tomorrow.

A third answer is:  I have no idea how the grocery store doctor can charge so little for a physical.  I can’t even buy a tank of gas for $29.  Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not complaining.  I will happily take him to the grocery store and pay only $29 to get the piece of paper filled out that the school requires.

I’m just saying, it does not make sense.  

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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2 Responses to What Is The Problem With This Picture?

  1. Lisa Jackson says:

    What grocery store??!! I may need to call them!

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