Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Challenging the Powers That Be

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Challenging the Powers That Be

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I'm about to attempt what technically is called swerving into oncoming traffic.

Just when you think I'm taking this column on a leisurely drive, your thought chassis will be thrust into a different lane going a different route.

There might be a crash. Feelings could be strained.

But no one will have to fill out paperwork.

The ACLU won't get involved.

And the taxes you pay to read this column won't change.

So ...

I received a call from the doctor's office wanting to reschedule an appointment.

I responded that the only reason they needed to reschedule was because the doctor didn't show up on time (even though I was the first visit of the day).

I then told the staffer that if the doctor wanted to set up an 8:30 a.m. appointment at my office and was willing to wait 45 minutes in my lobby, I'd happily see him.

I posted a version of this true story on my Facebook page last week. Reaction was swift. I felt like Braveheart, aka William Wallace, charging the Brits. Even in defeat, I was liked again and again.

Of course, your reaction and that of the medical community could be much different.

Such arrogance! Don't mess with thy white coats!

How dare thee, first-generation Sarasotan, challenge thy kingdom just because ye had better things to do than stare at a waiting- room chandelier! (Yes, there was a chandelier.)

Thou callest Florida "Heaven's Waiting Room" because one must wait! Ye shall feel fortunate that thy doctor (i.e. Hands of God) cast his eyes upon thee! (Much less say, "Breathe deep and then cough.")

This minor moment of civil disobedience had a twist.

I got an apology! Sort of.

That's all anyone wants, acknowledgment that things aren't going the right direction.

And that's why we should be thankful that the City of Sarasota is purely in the tax-collecting business and not overseeing your local health care needs.

If a health care facility operated like the City of Sarasota, migraines would become pandemic.

Imagine the repercussions if a City of Sarasota patient attempted to challenge the clinic's practices:

The clinic's office manager would tell the managing partners that the rube simply was an active patient seeking conflict. …

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