Comment by Caged Insanity — January 16, 2013 @ 11:47 am
The assistant quack that interviews you before you see the main quack at the local VA started asking shit like this more than a year ago. Along with ten different variations of ‘have you ever considered suicide or had other depressing thoughts?”
Most of the patients I talked to considered it highly advisable to answer NO. Conspiracy theorists are highly over represented in VA patient ranks.
The AMA had a standard form that asked that.
I was at an emergency room and left it blank. The receptionist said I had to fill out all the items. I asked her if that meant they would refuse to treat me, and would she put that in writing, please. I got treated.
At my own doc’s office, I apologized to the examining-room nurse once, ‘caue I forgot to leave my piece in the car. She said, “Oh, no problem. It happens all the time. Just set it over there while you get weighed.”
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 16, 2013 @ 12:20 pm
Oh, and the seat-belt-use question?
Are you now, or have you ever been, a lawbreaker?
Lessee, Fifth Amendment, Fifth Amendment …
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 16, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
The picture cuts off a later question:
Have you stopped beating your wife? Yes No
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 16, 2013 @ 12:36 pm
My CCL instructor (who was also an FDLE agent) told us “unless you’re dealing with a LEO, never be truthful. That’s why its called concealed.”
A very long time and good friend of JRs came to him last night and apologized and acknowledged what a mistake he’d made voting for Obama. JR asked him what it was specifically that brought on his genuine and sincere regret and he said it was THIS. The gun stuff.
I have to admit I never would have dreamed that this friend would have voted for him but he did and now he acknowledged that we were right. So very very right.
Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — January 16, 2013 @ 3:11 pm
saw that and others along the same line when I entered Medicare 4 years ago, and Doc said it was a requirement to answer all the questions to get a ‘free’[spit] physical.
1. The Medicare physical was a joke. There was no physical. Doc read the form questions and recorded my replies. He never touched me or did any tests. I refused to answer any of those questions at the end of the forms.
2. Since the first encounter, I have refused to take Medicare physicals and simply check in with ‘shortness of breath’ and Doc does the stuff needed for a physical.
3. Medicare isn’t free; I paid for mine since 1965.
4. Well, that’s another ‘enemies’ list I’m on.
Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — January 16, 2013 @ 8:24 pm
“Gee, Doc. Do you think that’s what is causing this headache/tummyache/what-have-you?”
Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — January 16, 2013 @ 10:09 pm
The way I have seen it for many years:
When anyone (including a LEO) asks you a question and
A) you owe them no loyalty
B) they are trying or apparently may try to complicate your life in some way you don’t want it complicated
telling the truth is entirely at one’s discretion.
Comment by Lucius Severus Pertinax — January 17, 2013 @ 2:23 am
Slightly relevant, definitely amusing:
“George P. Burdell was a man born of a simple mistake. In 1927, someone in the admissions office at Georgia Tech accidentally sent student Ed Smith two registration forms instead of one. Sensing an opportunity for mischief, Smith filled out one form for himself and the other for George P. Burdell—a student he completely made up. When Smith arrived at school, he kept the ruse going by enrolling Burdell in all of his classes and even turning in assignments under his name. In fact, Smith did so much work on behalf of his imaginary friend that Burdell eventually graduated.
When other students found out about the hoax, they helped keep Burdell’s story going. According to his resume, Burdell flew 12 missions over Europe during World War II and served on MAD magazine’s Board of Directors from 1969 to 1981. In 2001, when Burdell was supposedly 90 years old, he nearly became Time magazine’s Person of the Year after garnering 57 percent of online votes. Today, Burdell is one of Georgia Tech’s most celebrated alums. He even has a page on Facebook, where he keeps in touch with almost 5,000 “friends.”