My father in law is a diabetic and a few weeks ago, developed sores on his feet. As a med school graduate (from India) and having done my internship at various hospitals.. I knew this was a serious condition and should be treated immediately. I advised him to see the doctor rightaway.. this was about 4 weeks ago. Anyway, it turns out that his doctor didn't even check him and told him "I can make an appointment with you after 3 weeks" What the heck? I was puzzled.. and I asked him to see someone else or atleast try and get the 'doctor' to reschedule the appointment for 2-3 days at the most, not 3 weeks. He had to call his insurance, file some paperwork, etc.. and as time went by.. his sores got worse. Finally another doctor saw him and prescribed him some antibiotics. Again, I was a little perturbed as he should have been admitted to the hospital with IV antibiotics.. and not oral antibiotics (IV for faster and more effective action) A week ago he showed me his foot.. and his toes were grayish-black.. and I told him to go to the hospital rightaway. They checked him, and said he was to continue his antibiotics course, and that his toes would be allright. Never mind that they were almost black.. indicating obvious necrosis and possible gangrene.. but he was sent home. Finally, after 3 days, his toes were black and started smelling like decay.. he went to the hospital again, and this time they admitted him after some reluctance and started an IV line for antibiotics. So now its been 3 days in the hospital, and they are STILL deciding on when to perform surgery to amputate his toes. Yep, what could have been cured.. has now lead to amputation. I am seriously amazed at how idiotic and ridiculous the medical field is here, in the United States. If this was the case in India, he would have been treated a long time ago. We don't even have medical insurance in India.. the doctors here tell him "If you're lucky, we might operate on you after a week" As a doctor I used to dismiss medical malpractice cases as more of a "Hey I want a hundred million" .. but now I can see why there are so many cases out here. Can this doctor be sued for malpractice? Or the hospital? Personally, this whole experience has changed me.. if I ever fell seriously sick, I would rather fly to India and get treated there, than be hospitalized here and just be subject to scheduling and so on. And all this on top of paying a hefty medical insurance bill!! So much for medical care in a "Developed country"