McAllen, Texas Docs Defend Region's Healthcare Spending

The border town of McAllen, TX, wasn't on the tip of anybody's tongue before this month. But a few weeks ago, an article in The New Yorker offered it up as exhibit A of all that is wrong with the country's healthcare system.

2 comments on "McAllen, Texas Docs Defend Region's Healthcare Spending"
Sony (10/7/2012 at 9:00 AM)

I Know from first hand experience that Atul Gawade is absolutely right. I recently had an abscess and went to a doctor for that. I was immediately send to doctors hospital at renaissance, and instead of a simple I& D , had to spent 4 days(!) in the hospital. I was simply shuttled from one doctor to other ( while in the hospital I was seen by another doctor that the original doctor has recommended, had I&dperformed by a surgeon from another group (McAllen physicians) and for a simple work excuse ( the doctor who 'saw' me at the hospital 'ld have given it to me) was referred back to the original doctor ( of course! I need to make an appointment for that too!!) and was told to make an appointment in a week with another surgeon ( not the surgeon who performed the actual procedure)!! . The absolute apathy they show to the patient is very very evident and they just treat people like an ATM machine. If I ever had to see a doctor or needs to be admitted in a hospital, it is never going to be in Rio grande valley-So help me God.
William Pastor (12/18/2010 at 6:54 PM)

Atul Gawande preempted this argument in his article, correctly pointing out that El Paso county is demographically similar to Hidalgo county (where McAllen is) and has per capita Medicare expenditures literally half those of Hidalgo. There are lots of poor places in America and lots of sick people, Hidalgo County just has a bad medical culture. And it's no surprise that the doctors there would rather deny the existence of the problem than improve the situation.


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