We had a most heinous travel home this holiday, due in large part to a stress fracture and tendentious in her right foot. It forced us to rely on the services of others (orthopedics doctors, MRI techs, and wheel chair in both airports) and there was a glaring discrepancy in quality. It was amazing that in the larger of the two cities the service was comparatively sub-par next to those we received from our friendly mid-western physician.
Is there a presumption that big cities constantly desire chain-everything? I much prefer to go to a local pharmacy where they know me, a physician that treats me like a patient, and not get treated as a revenue factor. There are tons more to be said about having such contrasting experiences, and it raises the question whether or not the ‘Wal-Mart-Nation’ is really the way to go. As of right now I think that paying the extra 4 cents for real personal service is worth it!