Frequent Flyer

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A frequent flyer is a patient who visits the health care system so often that he or she has earned status in a rewards program, which leads to such benefits as expedited discharge. Some may comment that the term frequent flyer carries a negative connotation. Duh! Frequent flyers are often associated with malingering or drug seeking.[1][2][3][4] Patients who frequently seek medical care who aren't malingering or drug seeking go by the term gomer or gomere. Be sure to periodically refresh your knowledge and distinguish between the numerous types of frequent flyer.[5]

From Scrubs Season 1 Episode 14 "My Drug Buddy"

DR. COX (to bounce back patient Mr. Barnes): It's good to see you again, Mr. Barnes; we'll be with you in a moment.

NURSE ROBERTS (to an orderly): Put him in Bed 6. (Mr. Barnes is wheeled away.)

DR. COX (to Nurse Roberts): Tell me, Laverne, are you in fact part golden retriever?

NURSE ROBERTS (to herself): Keep it holy, now.

DR. COX: I only ask because, every time I toss this guy, you bring him right back to me.

Related Reading


  1. Breaking News: Ah Crap, You-Know-Who is Back in the ER (Gomerblog)
  2. “Rewards” Program for Frequent Flyers Includes Unlimited, Complimentary Discharges (Gomerblog)
  3. Local Hospital Goes Green, Begins Tattooing ID Bracelets on Frequent Flyers to Limit Paper Waste (Gomerblog)
  4. Hospital Frequent Flyer Helps Orient New Intern (Gomerblog)
  5. How Well Do You Know Your Frequent Flyers? (Gomerblog)

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