Time is Money

May 5, 2018

The first person to use the phrase “Time is Money” was Benjamin Franklin in his book “Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One”.


New research published in the American Journal of Managed Care estimates that, on average, it takes 121 minutes each time a person seeks medical care. The total includes 37 minutes of travel time, as well as 87 minutes at the doctor’s office or clinic.


On the other hand, as a physician, do we think it worth it picking up that extra shift..? I don’t think most people start recognizing the limit of their time on Earth and the ramifications until either someone close to them dies or until their health starts failing. The problem with the latter is that so many people now are going through their younger years looking for extra shifts and in many ways unhealthy, they won’t “have that moment” when they realize their health is failing.  And maybe it was never there in the first place. It’s definitely a tough situation and most people don’t realize that time is a precious commodity.  By that time, it is usually too little too late.


I am a believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have to get the word out early!

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