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doctors [Mar. 19th, 2013|11:56 am]
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Hi everyone, long time no see. I hope some people are still kicking around here, and doing well. I had a little anecdote I wanted to relate...

So I just called my doctor's office about a bill I received in mail, related to my annual physical in January. The bill said I owed $20 for "Smoke Tob Cessatio". I sensed something was wrong about this as I've never asked my doctor for any advice or help related to smoking, though she does always ask me about my smoking habits, I answer honestly, and she then proceeds to lecture and badger me continually for the rest of the visit about how I must quit immediately.

Anyway, the receptionist claimed it was for "Smoking Cessation Counseling" which I apparently received from my doctor. Apparently her asking me about smoking and bullying me about it counts as counseling? Anyway I politely disagreed that I had received counseling, and she put me on hold for about 5 minutes then came back on and said that I can disregard the bill, that I was "billed in error."

This got me to thinking, about how the extreme antsmoking atmosphere that reigns nowawdays has, I think, affected our trust and rapport with our physicians. I always try to be honest with my doctor about everything in my lifestyle, but her extreme stance about smoking and this incident makes me want to just start lying about my light-to-moderate habit.

How do you all handle doctor's visits? Do you think that your physician is unreasonable about smoking, and does that affect your relationship with them?

[User Picture]From: wolfmare
2013-03-19 04:16 pm (UTC)
So far as I've seen lately, pretty much all doctors are rabid about the subject. I usually end up either getting cranky, or go with the "just smile and nod" routine. If they tried billing me extra for their bullying though, oh hell no.
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[User Picture]From: nowthatsbleach
2013-12-07 02:21 am (UTC)
Honestly, I fudge the truth about my smoking and pretend like I don't smoke to them. I can't stand the rabid anti types who love to lecture smokers(frequent smokers or infrequent non-daily smokers, the latter I fall into) on this issue. When if I gave a crap about quitting, I would ask them for advice. And maybe I'll cross that bridge later in life and want to quit, but who knows.

To the ones that are less lecturing(though it's hard to tell who will be an anti, and who won't), I might honestly state to them my smoking status. Too bad I'm not trusting of doctors and dentists to not be the anti lecturing type.
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[User Picture]From: leather_lungs
2013-12-12 04:46 pm (UTC)
I have heard the same story from several other people. I'm not so sure it is the result of growing anti-smoking sentiment, although I am sure that is part of it, as it is just another way the medical field does its damnedest to milk us for every penny it can. My Doctor has not tried it, in fact my smoking is almost never discussed except he (or the PA who actually sees me most of the time) asks if I am still smoking. I say yes and he or she says "You know that'll kill you, right?" I agree, and they tell me that if I decide to quit they can provide some help. That about it. A few years ago when I hit 40, my doctor put me through a series of insurance-required lung function tests, but all they did was confirm that pumping massive amounts of crap in my lungs since I was 11 years old has reduced my stamina. The PA administering the tests told me I scored a lot better than most of their overweight and non-smoking patients.
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