Friday, November 11, 2016

Dr T's office

A year after my first and only appointment with Dr T:

Trisha [office staff; phone message; story one]: "For some strange reason the Ministry [of Health] doesn't seem to have you registered as a patient at all with us so I just need you to swing by the office and sign a new enrollment form."

I phoned and asked for more information.

Kylie [office staff; story two]: "We're not entirely sure what happened. The Ministry of Health contacted us, the error was on their end."

I pointed out that the papers I originally signed would be in my file.

[on hold]

Kylie [story three]: "The papers have changed a little bit so we need you to sign a new one."

[on hold]

Kylie [story four]: "The Ministry doesn't have you registered with us. We faxed them your original signed document. Billing keeps bouncing back."

I said I would talk to the Ministry myself.

The Ministry of Health referred me to Health Care Connect:

Robert [accessing Ministry of Health database]: 'Yes, you are registered with Dr T: address, phone, fax.'

I advised Dr T's office:

Kylie [story five]: "We need you to sign a new enrolment form. You're not coming up as a patient on our system here."

Kylie: "Don't worry you can still come see us, we can't deny you health care."

[on hold]

I asked whether or not one of their stories might be false.

Trisha: "Yes, it's false! The papers are exactly the same; we just need you to sign a new one. Sir, we've told you several times - we don't have time for this!"

Trisha: 'We are no longer your family doctor.'

I went looking for a straight answer, and got one:

Karen [Community Care Access Centre]: "It's a yearly renewal form."

Thank you, Karen.

Edit: title changed 161208

Monday, June 27, 2016

"Biased information"

Think I first noticed this in the APA's web site (years ago), same title as below. Now it's everywhere (web search) - and bears repeating:

Homosexuality was thought to be a mental illness in the past because mental health professionals and society had biased information about homosexuality since most studies only involved lesbians and gay men in therapy. When researchers examined data about gay people who were not in therapy, the idea that homosexuality was a mental illness was found to be untrue.

Answers to Your Questions About Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality

I think this is, as Michelle would say, "autism-relevant".