Wait­ing for Har­ris

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SHAUN HAR­RIS – in “Al­ready miss­ing Manto” (9 Oc­to­ber) – says his way of get­ting back at doc­tors is to pay them late. How­ever: • He prob­a­bly also waits at air­ports, of­ten longer than half an hour, and he has to pay in ad­vance for those ser­vices. I’m sure he must have been at a su­per­mar­ket at peak times and had to wait in a queue, be­cause he needed the goods. And he had to pay im­me­di­ately. • He must cer­tainly have waited for his turn at a fill­ing sta­tion at peak times, know­ing that without fuel he wouldn’t reach his des­ti­na­tion. And he had to pay im­me­di­ately. • When does Har­ris pay for his house and for his car in­stal­ments? In three months’ time or when he feels like it? Those are just a few ex­am­ples. And there aren’t even any lives at stake…

But at least we plan prop­erly and our pa­tients sel­dom wait longer than 15 min­utes. But they nev­er­the­less don’t want to pay our ac­counts within 30 days. For some rea­son peo­ple think doc­tors and den­tists still have to wait three months or longer for their ac­counts to be paid, like in the old days when we had to rely on the post to get our ac­counts to med­i­cal funds.

I won­der how they’d pay their ac­counts – car in­stal­ments, their elec­tric­ity ac­count, the mort­gage, and so on, which aren’t half of doc­tors’ or den­tists’ costs – if they didn’t get their salaries at the end of ev­ery month?

And even if you have to wait, he nev­er­the­less helps you when it’s ur­gent – he re­ally only has two hands.

I think Har­ris is looking for an ex­cuse not to pay his ac­counts.

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