Medical records make WIRED's list of "things that suck"

Feb 15, 2008, 9:23 AM, Posted by Steve Downs

You’ve got to hand it to Wired for calling things as they see them.  In their February cover story they explore the banes of our existence – the “33 Things That Drive Us Crazy”.  Not far from the top is the header:  “Medical Records – They’re a Mess!”  It’s a pretty strong condemnation, especially when you consider that other items on the list include junk mail, air travel, commuter traffic, magazine subscription cards, and my personal pet peeve:  the hard plastic packaging that can only be opened by an arsenal of dangerous kitchen implements.  It’s a good rant and it raises some cautionary points about believing that electronic medical records will solve everything.  It also offers an exhortation for people to pressure their doctors to accept a more transparent system. 

So this of course leads to me ask what else about health and health care drives you crazy?  EOB statements?  Having to pay more for your drugs when they go from prescription to over the counter?  Send us your rants.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.