Time sure flies. It will be 2 years soon , in Aug 2013 for my new practice. I have learnt so much about nature of humans over last 2 years. When I worked in HMO and got paid with a check, I did not have to collect payments. Now over last 2 years, I am realizing how hard it is to get people to part with money, especially when going to a doctor's office.
It doesn't quite make sense to me because good health is the key to our lives. If you have found yourself a good doctor who truely cares for you and your health, I think it is reasonable to put aside some funds for ongoing health needs because in the end, good health is what will matter to you ! And be thankful, if you have found yourself someone who is knowlegable and listens to your needs. I understand that the economy is tough but ignoring your health needs, will only make things worse for you over time. So, if you haven't thought of yourself or had an annual check up, go call your doctor and book an appointment. You won't regret it.