I was inearlier this week and when I went to the Metropolitian Museum of Art I discovered that they have a sliding scale. I must have looked surprised when the woman told me because she said “That’s just the way we do it here.” This sliding scale idea must be really catching on!
It is only because of the sliding scale at my clinic that I can look a patient in the eye and tell them to come three times per week without feeling guilty about charging them more than most people can afford. I was recently trying to explain the sliding scale to an acupuncturist with a boutique clinic and she said “But people would just always pay on the lowest end of the scale!” That’s not the reality though, especially when you help them get better!
I have been having a lot of luck with using #30 gage needles for muskuloskeletal problems, especially for severe or chronic pain. I decided to try it out one day on a whim because I remember Dr. Tan saying he uses pretty heavy needles. It worked so well that I have been using the #30s more and more for pain. I like the look on people’s faces when I say “Where is the pain now?” and they say “Wow, it doesn’t hurt at all!”