First, Do No Harm, Then Dust the Chandelier

Perhaps picking doctors at random out of the health insurance listings is not the best way to go. A few months ago, I wanted to get a yearly check-up and I made an appointment but then I couldn't find the doctor's office. I had the address alright, but it was in a subdivision. Turns out the doctor had rented out a mini-mansion and converted it into his practice. The driveway was packed with cars and pretty much everyone in the "waiting room" aka living room was speaking another language, which is cool, but added to my general confusion. I started to fill out my paperwork, but then I imagined wearing a paper gown and sitting on an exam table in a McMansion dining room just off the kitchen with granite countertops and a Sub-Zero fridge. Couldn't handle it so I pretended to answer my phone and then drove away.

Yesterday's doctor's office chosen in the same manner was located inside an apartment building lobby. Hey Obama, when you're working on fixing health care, can you please require doctors to clearly inform patients whether their practices are in hospitals, highrises, houseboats, what have you? Not to say that good medicine must be limited to dreary office complexes, but this way there will be no surprises.