6 months ago
Follow this true story that happened to me yesterday. I`m trying a new GP Doc (the same one my wife is using). So I`m a "new" patient.
Had to show my medical cards, etc. Picture ID and so on. Finally get back to a patient room and nurse weighs me and takes my blood pressure.
Then she returns with a clip board. On the clip board is a blank piece of paper with some instructions at the top. So I get the clip board and a pen and read the brief instructions at the top.
Instructions say the following: "Draw a clock face in the space below and put in all the numbers and then make it show to be ten minutes after eleven.
So, I drew a circle and put in all the numbers around the circle and put a dot in the middle and drew in a small hand pointing at the 11 and a big hand pointing at the 2.
Gee, I passed the test.
The new Doc shows up and I asked her what is the purpose of that little exercise ??? She said it was a "requirement" that they give that test to all new Medicare patients (over 65). She said........believe it or not, she has seen several patients in their 60s that cannot pass that test.
It seems to be to test cognitive skills.
I`m thinking some grade school kids today could not pass that test. Even some teenagers don`t know how to read an analog watch/clock.
Obviously when they get to Medicare age, they`ll have to come up with a different (cognitive test) for them.