The Cost of Medical Care

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The Cost of Medical Care

Postby Yummy » Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:29 pm

As Physicians, do you include billing into your roleplay? If so, what are the prices you charge for such things as pregnancy tests, medical exams, and potions?
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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby FeorieFrimon » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:27 pm

Awesome question.

I have noticed a lot of sims are still really dated in the way they do this type of role play.

In many sims you, as a Physician, are part of this massive 'Physician Caste' collective. The city pays you, and therefore you offer your services free of charge as part of a service the city provides.

I have had the opportunity to role play in a few sims where physicians were allowed to be specialized; to find your own work so to speak. Physicians owned clinics that specialized in specific areas, like dentistry or veterinary medicine. I even knew physicians that were privately employed by Slaver Houses to provide medical treatment to their slaves.

Forgive my 'soap box-ery'.

I've charged a few coppers for simple tests; I think a slave exam was a silver tarsk back in old Ar.
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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby Anarch Allegiere » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:13 am

It doesn't help that in the latest book (Conspirators) there is a quote that mentions how most physicians lived in poverty because of their Caste codes, which disencouraged them from charging anything for their medical services...
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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby MarkyMarcus » Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:22 pm

This brings up the question of the role of government in the Gorean setting, in the largely unexplored field of Gorean economics. I have not read any book since chronologically after players, but up to that point Norman barely elaborates on macro economics. Gorean cities seem to provide substantial services including public utilities and expensive scemes for defense on top of public health, education, fire safety, just to name a few.

How is this funded?

And just because someone lives by a vow of poverty or is not paid as a result of their profession does not mean they live in poverty. RL examples include living a religious life like catholic priests of the Middle Ages or upper class Romans who looked down on anyone who practiced a paid profession. They lived off of wealth, and did public service as a true service, though they almost always exploited their power.

I would say that most physicians live at least a life free from worry, and largely come from wealthier Gorean families.
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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby Architeuthis » Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:27 am

Socialized medicine in Gor. Physicians can reverse or halt aging, heal broken bones in days and even splice genes but they live in virtual poverty?

There ought to be an evil physician who creates a virus to wipe out the PK's and most of Gor, and the other physicians should race against time to stop it. Throw in a planet on the verge of civil war, food riots and anarchy and there you go. Has the makings of a Hollywood Blockbuster, yes?
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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby Solaris » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:50 pm

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So not ALL Physicians were poor, yet again Norman contradicts himself, and the Green Cross of do gooders that like to portray the Caste in SL need to think about that. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby Kaitlin » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:29 pm

I charge for everything...absolutely everything.

Your pricing should be dependent on the market. If you are in a large city then you can be the highly sought after member of the caste that can charge a silver tarsks for services but that wouldn't work in a village setting. You can also be the impoverished sidekick to a slaver living off coppers for slave exams.

I've even charged a gold tarn for poison, so your prices are only dependent on your imagination assuming you have an understanding of gorean currency and it fits the storyline you have created. Most physicians in SL Gor have no storyline. They just show up in the infirmary.

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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby Aphris » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:12 pm

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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby mariareese » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:39 am

Most of doctor includes role-play! I think pregnancy tests costs depends on what type of test and where you get it done. Most of common type of test is a home pregnancy test, and we can easily use this type of test from a few days before your period is due and you can use it as far into pregnancy as you will require to use it.
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Re: The Cost of Medical Care

Postby Minion » Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:54 am

Hello,

This thread is about your role play character charging for his or her services, not about real world medical care. Please remain on topic. Thank you.

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