“If you had symptoms of sleep apnea, and knew it might effectively end your career, how likely are you to seek treatment? But you’d continue to work with the untreated condition”
I would think that if we weren’t just tossed out on the street after a few decades of sailing because the rent-seekers in the Occupational Health Quack Shops checked the wrong box on our forms, we might be a little more forthcoming.
In other words, we get SSDI as soon as we get NFFD…none of SSA’s BS, no hiring a lawyer. Second issue and up on your MMC? Give us your Direct Deposit info,sir.
We’ve been pimped out to the Quacks to the point that a lot of us suffer from “Doctor Fatigue”. The unions want an annual physical at their clinic. Then the company will send you to another physical at THEIR clinic, and if you sail MSC Contracts, you might just have to get an MSC physical at THEIR Veterinarian.
Do I need to mention the World Famous Podiatrist of Cut Off, LA who argues with cardiac care specialists?
His name rhymes with “bidet”…
And of course, nobody will accept the signature of another licensed doctor because it isn’t THEIR Pet Quack…so it’s about anything BUT Mariners’ health and more about “making rain” for favored Clinics Inc. isn’t it?
Enough of this nonsense! Throw all these rent-seekers over the side, and the various companies and unions and whatnot can just forward the forms and pay MY doctor to fill them out.
If it’s perfectly okay with you, I’d prefer to choose the person that gets to stick their finger up my behind,(a petite woman with very slender fingers, thanks very much!).