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I stand in awe of the skills and responsibilities of medical specialists. And when it's my health or the health of someone I love, I'm prepared to pay the price …. as long as I feel I'm getting value.

I required some major surgery not that long ago. When I changed specialist to my surgeon, Mr P., my wife Gwen did some checking and got good feedback on other families that had dealt with him. Their feedback backed up the things that he had told us such as:

  • He visits his patients every day in hospital including at the weekend.

  • He gives you his mobile phone number and encourages you to phone at any time if you are concerned.

  • While you are in hospital, he sorts out any problems with nursing staff not following his instructions for patient care and attention. This turned out not to be a concern for me, but I know from this feedback that he is quite firm with nursing staff if the slightest hint of the standard he expects for his patients isn't being met.

  • He is technically excellent and up with the latest techniques.

  • He has a good bedside manner.

Given all of this, I expected his fee to be at the higher end of the scale.

We had the important appointment with him at which I confirmed that surgery was my preferred option and that I agreed that it should be as soon as possible. Gwen then asked the question, "How much will it cost?"

Now, I should point out here that Gwen really just wanted to know what to expect so that she could calculate the gap between our private health insurance cover and the total bill. This was not a prelude to her trying to knock down the price.

Let me pause to clarify that. Gwen is a Londoner and I reckon wheeling and dealing is in their genes. She loves a bargain. I'm sure she would have tried to knock him down on price BUT she was under strict instructions from me NOT to bargain. I'd shared with her one of my two favorite quotes about discounting, from Tom O'Toole of Australia's famous Beechworth Bakery:

"If they ask for a 20% discount, I ask which 20% of the ingredients do they want taken out. I can take out 20% of the ingredients but it doesn't taste real good!"

And I'd stressed, "I don't want 20% less anaesthetic. I don't want him to rush to get the job done in 20% less time. So, promise me, no price haggling!"

Our otherwise calm and confident specialist clearly hadn't heard my other favorite discounting quote, from English sales trainer Richard Denny:

"Never apologise for your prices. Your product knowledge and the service you give demonstrate that your prices are fair."

As soon as Gwen said the words, "How much will it cost?" he became quite nervous, almost stammering as he started to justify the price.

He explained that he was at the lower end of the price scale for urologists. He even went on to detail some of his overheads. I particularly remember him saying that he paid over $ 3,000 per month in professional indemnity insurance – and I'd thought my professional indemnity insurance as a trainer and consultant was high!

So, there was no need for the nervous justification of his price, which was around about $ 1,500 less than I'd anticipated. And looking back on the professional and caring way he's handled everything to do with the surgery and post-operative care, he would have been worth every penny of the higher fee.


Source by Jurek Leon


Professional Organizations for Dialysis Technicians

Professional organizations exist for most every job in the medical field. In fact, professional organizations exist for most all career fields. As a dialysis technician this is no different and there are several organizations that are geared toward the dialysis tech. Before we discuss the various organizations, first let’s answer the question of why you should join professional organizations in the first place.

There are several good reasons to join a professional organization. Below are the main reasons to do so:

  • You can meet other like-minded people
  • You can gain access to speakers and other experts in your specific field
  • Adding membership to a professional organization to your resume is always a good thing
  • You can get discounts on publications and other information that will help keep you current in your field
  • It is a good place to gather professional references
  • It is a good way to network with others when you are in search of work
  • Most professional organizations will offer free training in the form of actual workshops or webinars
  • It is an excellent way to show off your talents and background to prospective employers that are doing random searches for applicants

Now that you know the benefits of being part of a professional organization, we can now look at the organizations that you as a dialysis technician can become involved with!

American Society for Artificial Internal Organ (also known as ASAIO):

This organization brings people of many fields together to discuss various topics in their fields. It not only includes dialysis technicians but scientists, doctors in all fields, engineers, etc. that are dedicated to keeping the study of artificial organs evolving. There are about 800 members currently and they come from 30 different countries. The benefits of belonging to this organization include a free online peer reviewed journal, invitations to their yearly conference, and open access to all information on the ASAIO website that is meant only for registered members.

National Kidney Foundation:

The mission of the NKF is to dedicate themselves to the prevention of kidney disease and how to help patients and their families’ mange health issues in their lives. They are also advocates for kidney donations. They have a special membership for nurses and technicians in the medical field. When you become a member you gain access to new and updated facts, tools and much more. You will be provided with the latest information from the Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians, in addition to access to four medical professional journals. You can also nominate and be nominated for awards and grants for professional research.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse:

The NKUDIC’s mission is to give information about the diseases of the kidneys as well as those of the urologic system as a whole to help those who have these diseases and to those caring for those with these conditions. This organization distributes publications to patients and their families and provides them with education and support. The benefits of membership to this organization include workshops, publications and continuing education in their field.

National Association for Nephrology Technicians/Technologists:

NANT is an organization for the advancement of education. It gives its members the opportunity to learn as much as possible about their field including new developments. The benefits of memberships include four newsletters each year, discounts of certain publications for each area of practice, discounted fees for attending conferences and webinars, a subscription to the top nephrology magazines, membership card, and more.


This is a non-profit organization that acts independently with its research to improve upon the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of care needed by all patients. Their evidence is unbiased and educates people in the medical field on drugs, medical devices and procedures. ECRI is made up of over 5,000 medical professional organizations from a variety of different fields.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:

The NIDDK supports and conducts both clinical and basic research on diseases that affect a large portion of society. In addition to their research they put together conferences and share trial information with other colleagues. Being part of this organization allows you access to possible grants, research …


I recommend you watching the “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” movie. If you know nothing about bodybuilding competitions, how the photos are made or the truth about fitness models and steroids definitely check that out.

Here are few quotes from that film:

Christian Boeving was asked what he thinks about people that buy the supplements he promotes.

“If they choose to think that that supplement is the only thing I take to look like that, then so be it, they should be smarter than that.”

Bodybuilders and fitness models take drugs and the pictures are also improved in the Photoshop.

Here are few more interesting things you can hear in the movie “Bigger, Stronger, Faster”:

“I would say that about 80 – 90% I see in magazines is hogwash”

“There are a lot of techniques that I can use to completely manipulate the body.”

“Some before and after pictures can be shot in a same day, I’ve actually done it”

Whole new perspective, don’t you think?

Role models are on steroids

Photos in magazines are manipulated

Crap, everything is a lie!

When I first find out the truth, it has completely shaken my perception of bodybuilding.

I’m glad it did. Because now I can see everything much more clearly.

Most of the guys in the gym think that they can look exactly like them. And without steroids of course.

Guess what they start doing once they have this goal?

They buy a fitness magazine and learn all the new rules that they have to follow no matter what and if not they will never look like their heroes.

They learn that they need to take protein in them mourning, before and after workout and of course in middle of night because the body is in the “starvation mode” right? We cannot forget on BCAA, gainers and creatine. And you can easily get to 200 bucks per months just per useless supplements (apart the creatine).

The best business ever – make “useless crap” and sell it for a lot of money.

According to Natural Products Foundation the supplement industry contributes to the U.S economy more than 60 Billion dollars. I don’t think that anybody can even imagine how much money is that.

Just think for a while, how much money the supplement industries make just by packaging the protein, creatine and coffein.

(If you still think that supplements are magic pills that will give you 30 pounds of muscles, look at that number again.)

Back to the guys that are trying to put on muscles.

After some time they really put some on muscles (and fat as well) and it looks that it is from the supplements.

And the years go on and on. Do you know what happen?

Oh yea, they turn into a “Gym rat”.

The point is that everything in the current bodybuilding industry is ruled by supplement companies and professional bodybuilders who are on the juice. And if you will not be aware of it you could end up pretty badly. I hope you have got a new perspective on bodybuilders and building muscles in general.

So, what is the lesson from this?

Don’t take the professional bodybuilders and fitness models as your role models, somebody you want to look like. Why? Because you cannot look like them. It’s just not going to happen without a “little” help of steroids.


Source by Vaclav Gregor

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