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Test Of Scanner Saves A Doctor's Life -- Courant.com

There are 27 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Sep 10, 2007, titled Test Of Scanner Saves A Doctor's Life -- Courant.com. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Dr. Peter B. Wade, 5-foot-8 in socks and a lean 150 pounds, had recently turned 50 - a milestone that renewed his resolve to keep his already wiry body in top physical condition.

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Sandy S

Wallingford, CT

#2 Sep 10, 2007
Amazing! Pardon the pun, but what a stroke of good luck for Dr. Wade! With a new outlook on life I am sure an experience like this will give him a new insight as a doctor.
The Doctors at Saint Francis are awesome and God bless the work they do!
EyesWideOpen

Newington, CT

#3 Sep 10, 2007
Too bad the insurance companies won't include these tests to go along with your regular physicals at age 50.
mike the tax payer

Farmington, CT

#4 Sep 10, 2007
EyesWideOpen wrote:
Too bad the insurance companies won't include these tests to go along with your regular physicals at age 50.
thats not the purpose of medical insurance. While they often allow for preventative screenings, the purpose of having insurance is to help you if an unforeseen medical problem arises.

If you want to have this test done yourself, save up and pay for it out of pocket.

Does your car insurance pay for oil changes or new tires? no because those are preventive maintenance and your responsibility.
good doctor

AOL

#5 Sep 10, 2007
nice to have a fraternity of doctor friends to look after you. But Dr Wade is an excellent doctor and would have been a grave loss to the Hartford medical community.
Traci

Waterbury, CT

#6 Sep 10, 2007
WOW!!! NOW THATS LUCK GOOD FOR HIM !!
Jed

South Windsor, CT

#7 Sep 10, 2007
mike the tax payer wrote:
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thats not the purpose of medical insurance. While they often allow for preventative screenings, the purpose of having insurance is to help you if an unforeseen medical problem arises.
If you want to have this test done yourself, save up and pay for it out of pocket.
Does your car insurance pay for oil changes or new tires? no because those are preventive maintenance and your responsibility.
i hope you are paying 100 percent for a physical. What your saying dosent make sense
mike the tax payer

Farmington, CT

#8 Sep 10, 2007
Jed wrote:
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i hope you are paying 100 percent for a physical. What your saying dosent make sense
I said in my post that insurance DOES cover some preventative things (which I assumed you would understand included things like physicals)

my point, which does make sense, is that people seem to think that it is the insurance company's job to pay for everything. There have to be limits. If they covered every little thing under the sun do you realize what your premium would cost?

I'm sorry if my analogy wasn't perfect but my point is valid.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#9 Sep 10, 2007
I am very happy for Dr. Wade.

But why doesn't the Courant do a story on all the bogus and fraudulent radiology reports that come from the radiologists at Hartford Hospital too?

How about some investigative journalism here.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#10 Sep 10, 2007
mike the tax payer wrote:
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thats not the purpose of medical insurance. While they often allow for preventative screenings, the purpose of having insurance is to help you if an unforeseen medical problem arises.
If you want to have this test done yourself, save up and pay for it out of pocket.
Does your car insurance pay for oil changes or new tires? no because those are preventive maintenance and your responsibility.
This story is just PROOF that preventative radiology will save the insurance companies money and save lives in the long run.

Since: Mar 07

milford

#11 Sep 10, 2007
mike the tax payer wrote:
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I said in my post that insurance DOES cover some preventative things (which I assumed you would understand included things like physicals)
my point, which does make sense, is that people seem to think that it is the insurance company's job to pay for everything. There have to be limits. If they covered every little thing under the sun do you realize what your premium would cost?
I'm sorry if my analogy wasn't perfect but my point is valid.
wouldnt it be cheaper for the ins co to do preventative tests rather than pay for open heart surgery? and all the rehab needed afterwards?

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#12 Sep 10, 2007
It would also be nice if we heard stories like this that come from actual patients. But we don't because doctors don't treat us little people the same as they treat each other.
Sean

East Hartford, CT

#13 Sep 10, 2007
I agree with you, Dana. Regular people wait an hour in the waiting room for a scheduled appointment, never mind get free expensive tests on a moments notice. And Dr.'s don't care. They think they are wonderful because people will wait an hour to see them.

I'm happy for that Dr., but for every lucky Dr., there's a thousand or ten thousand who would just have died while everyone shrugs their shoulders and says "Oh well, nothing you could do."
mike

Southington, CT

#14 Sep 10, 2007
mike the tax payer wrote:
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thats not the purpose of medical insurance. While they often allow for preventative screenings, the purpose of having insurance is to help you if an unforeseen medical problem arises.
If you want to have this test done yourself, save up and pay for it out of pocket.
Does your car insurance pay for oil changes or new tires? no because those are preventive maintenance and your responsibility.
Huge difference between car ins. & medical ins. including the cost.Cmon that was a simpletons response.8 to 10 thousand a year should get you some preventive & early diagnostic medicine,but the prices hospitals charge are so outrageous they should be looked at by someone besides the ins.com panies.I believe this procedure is going for 2700 for a 1 hour scan & should be subject to price gougeing laws.If it was a more reasonable price INS.com panies might just pay for it,it would be cheaper in the longrun to find a small problem then to treat a heart attack & a by-pass
Siuilarun

East Granby, CT

#15 Sep 10, 2007
Dana Herbert wrote:
It would also be nice if we heard stories like this that come from actual patients. But we don't because doctors don't treat us little people the same as they treat each other.
That is one of the lowest, lousiest comments I've seen from anyone on any topic. There are tons of doctors who are terrific and compassionate and treat people as if they were in their own family...there are others who stink-just like any profession or walk of life.
However, if I was an Md, I'd avoid the likes of you like the plague.
Talk about jealousy & cynicism.
Yikes!
Sandy S

United States

#17 Sep 10, 2007
It sounded like Dr Wade was in shape. This just goes to prove that doing everything right does not mean you are in the clear for good health. Dr Wade was very lucky to be able to have that test done and I am sure he will be an even better doctor because of this experience. All people should have access to preventive care and routine screenings. Mike the tax payer spoke that insurance is for unforeseen medical problems. Aren’t most unforeseen? Did you ever have appendicitis? Would you have known before hand and what would you have done to prevent appendicitis? Do you know how expensive it is to have that taken care of? Did you know that you are only in the hospital for “hours” to have your appendix removed? There are many people out there who have no insurance at all. All people should have access to affordable insurance. Healthcare4everyone! It would cost tax payers less to treat routine health issues at a doctor office than in the emergency rooms or have patients wait until they are nearly dead to get treatment. I have dealt with many doctors for myself and my husband and I am happy to say that all of them have been very caring individuals. Insurance companies who act like doctors and dictate what will and will not be covered are more the problem.
Donald J Porter

United States

#18 Sep 10, 2007
The AMA/Pharmaceutical mega disaster has lim,ited Dr's. knowledge of Diet and healthy nutritous food. Therefore we are the sickest most medically expensive country in the world. People in "backword jungles and countries live healthier and longer than we do.
Food is disgusting unless organic.
Water is often polluted - officially
"Fast food" is a good way to sicken and kill yourself - but not before billions are spent to drug us up with pills.
Uneccesary operations by the millions.

Remember what a tiny sperm does with an egg AND 9 months later - us. The body is a miracle and its diet is IMPORTANT !!!

Cows, horses, rhinos, elephants and many others eat grass !!!!!!!11

What a vile and disgusting mess !!!!!!!

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#19 Sep 10, 2007
Sean wrote:
I'm happy for that Dr., but for every lucky Dr., there's a thousand or ten thousand who would just have died while everyone shrugs their shoulders and says "Oh well, nothing you could do."
I agree.

Since: Jun 07

Avon, CT

#20 Sep 10, 2007
Siuilarun wrote:
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However, if I was an Md, I'd avoid the likes of you like the plague.
What for? For having an opinion? For demanding that they actually be competent and DO something after I spend an hour waiting in their office?

I am not in their office because I want to be their new best friend. And to suggest that I have to kiss their butts or stroke their egos to get service from anyone in authority like a doctor, is what I find offensive.
Audrey

Framingham, MA

#21 Sep 10, 2007
God Bless Dr. Wade, and may he keep taking care of himself from here on in.
Siuilarun

East Granby, CT

#22 Sep 11, 2007
Dana Herbert wrote:
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What for? For having an opinion? For demanding that they actually be competent and DO something after I spend an hour waiting in their office?
I am not in their office because I want to be their new best friend. And to suggest that I have to kiss their butts or stroke their egos to get service from anyone in authority like a doctor, is what I find offensive.
You need to change from the MDs you see. There are better than what you have apparently experienced.
But if you go in with a chip on your shoulder, you will be treated in kind. They are only human.

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