The doctor's excuse is an asinine rule without a doubt. I have never even lead anyone to the impression that I would be cooperative with such a request.<quoted text>
This is a problem caused by asinine rules. I never had to have a doctor's excuse because I had a certain amount of medical leave every year - no questions asked. On the other hand, I have not taken a sick day for over five years. But when I did need them, I'm glad I didn't need to play children's games.
The excuse isn't exactly the point. It is just one of the big overused reasons for wasting time at an ER. An excuse for past or future absences. People who are out of drugs coming in with weird complaints or injuring themselves. This happens more than you can imagine.
I know a guy that has shot himself in the foot more times than you have fingers because he ran out of opiates.
Then there are people who are "overly" concerned for their children. Also... full size adults who show up with "tummy aches". Pregnancy scares... you get the idea.
The point is... as loose stated, this happens with or without insurance at any hour of the day/night. Almost as if a screening process should be implemented.
Someone fishing for an excuse should just get it out the second he sees the doctor. The physician would be happy to save themselves the time, and get you right back out the door.
Then there are the much more rare but much more insane mass influxes.
For example... About two years ago there was some whack job christian leader (go figure) who decided he was going to announce the day of the rapture.
I can almost feel you smirking... but this was intense. For no apparent reason at all, retards believed this idiot. They did away with their possessions, said their goodbyes, and prepared as they knew they were going to be LEVITATED off the ground to the sound of trumpets bathed in glorious light and BE TAKEN OFF TO FAIRY TALE LAND...WHERE THEY DON'T HAVE TO DIE!!! SERIOUSLY!!!
As you can probably imagine, not all of them shared the same confidence these brainiacs possessed. Which is where the very real logistics nightmare was born. Some had doubts about their admittance and this caused a panic.
Where did these upset Christians go? Church. They gathered to pray with their spiritual leaders and talked it out... YEAH RIGHT!
They flooded hospitals, emergency rooms and crisis centers having nervous breakdowns because they weren't sure a lifetime of pretending to be a good person was going to make up for the time they raped the teenager behind the grocery store, or poisoned their husbands or slept with ALL the babysitters.
All different stories...with the same ending. These people are damaged and honestly think they are going to burn in a lake of fire for eternity. For them it was the apocalypse, but for me it was the superbowl and christmas on one day. As soon as my wife told me what was going on I rushed to the hospital. It was glorious... a fully quantified mass delusion.
After spending a while in waiting rooms assuring people that there was no God, no rapture, and no hell... and that none of them or their friends were going anywhere except maybe jail if they walk into a councilors office and admit to something awful.
... I went home.
On that day... people who needed legitimate medical care did not do so well.
I have often thought of turning that little exp. into a book. A short story at least.