Oh, and to explain the whys and such of the original issue:
Steve had an angiogram (heart catheterization) done after an abnormal stress test. The cardiologist is a complete ass and says that if he doesn’t have surgery immediately he (Steve) will drop dead.
Steve says no, won’t do it. Cardiologist ignores him. A surgical appointment is made at the Cleveland Clinic. They call to confirm. We say no, he’s not coming. They say he has to. We say no.
Steve relents slightly and says that he’d like to confer with a CC cardiologist. They say he can see one if he comes up for the surgery. He says he’d like to see one without having surgery. They say he can come up on Wednesday, go through all of the orientation, etc. for the surgery, and then if he still wants to see a cardiologist he can see one Thursday afternoon and then have surgery on Friday. Because the cardiologist “will recommend surgery.”
We ask to speak to the surgeon. That’s not possible. We ask who the cardiologist is. Oh, he hasn’t been assigned one yet but the surgeon says that he can definitely do the surgery on Friday because the cardiologist “will recommend surgery.”
And on and on and on. They simply would not let us talk to or make an appointment for a cardiologist without agreeing to surgery, going to Cleveland on Wednesday, waiting around until Thursday afternoon, then canceling the surgery that they were insisting the cardiologist was going to recommend anyway.
So, we told 'em to jump in a lake.
Then they started sending bills for missed appointments and, well, there’s an employee of CC somewhere who probably still has the blisters on her ears.
So, I hate them pretty passionately, but I think that even if I liked them I would still not like showing up on a list for their advertising after being a patient.