I took one economics class in college, and really only remember one idea from that semester: opportunity cost. Which I still can’t define, but feel like I understand intuitively. Which is to say, I rarely use the term (especially when I’m around my smart friends with economics degrees) and even then, I throw it into the middle of a sentence and mumble it out, rushing right on past to find more stable ground.
I use it here in a similar way, on my way to a rant about Doctors. I love doctors, in and of themselves. I have a few friends who are doctors, and find them to be great company with clean hands and not too many harrowing stories or preachy bits of medical advice (though they’re not averse to giving the high-eybrows when I say something questionable). I have also become friendly with a few doctors who have provided care to me and my family. So I’ve got nothing against doctors.
But now that I’m going to at least one medical appointment per week (none last week, and so two this week), I’d like to speak with someone about the opportunity cost of my time at said appointments. Not that I’d work every single second otherwise (I’m not at the doctor right now, and I’m just writing on my dumb blog), but still. Between the showering and dressing and driving and parking and checking in and waiting and moving and waiting and talking and measuring and listening and checking out and driving and changing and all of that, I’m suffering a small loss in the potentially productive hours in each week. I’ve got the time, and the willingness, but I can’t get any work done like this!