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Putting off routine care can prove costly
Sacramento Bee

II recently suggested to my patient Judy, “Why don’t I see you again in six weeks? That way we can follow up on your diabetes and see how the new medication is working.”

“How about four months?” she said. “I can’t keep paying these $15 co-payments, $8 for parking, and taking time off from work.”

My response should have been that I really need to see if the medicines are working and 16 weeks is just too long to wait. I suggested we compromise on 10 weeks; when she would have none of it, I suggested 12 weeks.