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A history of medicine in Chautauqua County

October 9, 2011

A doctor at your door making a "house call" was a common enough sight just a few short decades ago. He came to check on you and maybe give a shot when you were too sick to go out for an office visit. Some older local residents may recall one particular doctor who, when making these house calls, almost always had a cigar and put it in an ashtray near the door when he visited. These must have been the days when insurance wasn't even an issue and you paid his simple fees on an "as needed" basis. This was without hidden and multi-layered administrative costs and regulations far removed from the doctor. It was truly a more personal and practical doctor-patient relationship. Imagine what insurance would want to charge for this today, not to mention the legalities and rules that would make it impossible.



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