I used to wait until I was sick enough to go to the doctor. Now I wait till I’m well enough to go to the doctor.
I used to not mind a long wait, so long as I had plenty of time myself to air all my concerns and hash out all possible solutions. Now, I want to get in and out as quick as I can, in order to be well enough to drive home.
I can’t take just any available appointment. I need to schedule within the 3-hour window when I’m at my most alert and best. Sometimes I need to cancel. Rescheduling within a reasonable timeframe is difficult, and it delays my income cheque by a week or two or more.
I used to find doctors’ bills pretty much irrelevant; it was just once a year. Now, a 25 dollar gap fee plus sixty or seventy dollars of medication every month must be accounted for in the budget. If it’s coming out of leisure budget, it displaces, for example, purchase of a book or two, a Chinese takeaway treat, and a couple of movie tickets each and every month. (In reality, it’s more complex of course – a combination of cutting back on groceries, changing leisure budget, and various other things.)
If I’m seeing a new doctor, I have to wonder whether the doctor will believe me.
Things are different, now.