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Re: Have You Had A Hard Time Changing Doctor's Offices?

Yes!  I have noticed in the past few years that the best PCP doctors, specialists and even dental specialists (like a Periodontists) are going cash no insurance.

My DH just had surgery today by a well-referred, top of his class surgeon and we paid cash and will have to submit to our insurance company.   The real surprise was we still had to wait months to get on his calendar.  Business is good I guess.

In our area we are saturated with providers so there are many MANY options.  But the best ones do not accept Medicare and many are going cash.

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@ALRATIBA wrote:

No - I switched about two years ago.  It was really easy - two major hospital networks / groups merged and opened an office right around the corner from me.  (I used to have to go across town.)

 

So - I called and made an appointment - chatted with the doctor and since the merger - she had access to all my prior medical records.  The hospital is just a couple of blocks away.

 

 

 

 

 


@ALRATIBA What a dream!  I wish!!!Smiley Happy

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@ECBG 

 

Last year, a doctor I was seeing gave me a list of 3 PCPs she thought I would like, including her own doctor. Of course, her doctor was not accepting new patients.

 

My second choice, a DO,  was but I had to take an appointment months away. I think I saw him twice last year. Not at all this year. I don’t take any prescription drugs and am pretty healthy so I don’t plan to go to a doctor unless it is an emergency right now. 

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@ECBG Absolutely -  I need a new endocrinologist and get answers that first new patient  appointments are any where from 5 to 9 months in the future.

 

When I saw my internist near the end of February, he told me he was already booking appointments for August, but one of his PA's would be open if I needed attention in the meantime.

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@willdob3 wrote:

@ECBG 

 

Last year, a doctor I was seeing gave me a list of 3 PCPs she thought I would like, including her own doctor. Of course, her doctor was not accepting new patients.

 

My second choice, a DO,  was but I had to take an appointment months away. I think I saw him twice last year. Not at all this year. I don’t take any prescription drugs and am pretty healthy so I don’t plan to go to a doctor unless it is an emergency right now. 


@willdob3 Unreal. Huh?  You do need to go in for a few healthy checks to establish a baseline.

I always do my yearly plus labs.  When there's an issue, there is a flag.Smiley Happy

 

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My Dr. of 25 years retired a year ago last May and I was heartbroken I really liked him. He was at a big clinic and recommended only 2 drs that would prescribe my meds for me, both busy and only one taking new patients. Very hard to get an appt. with too. 

I could get into my old dr the next day, this dr months of waiting. I dreaded changing.

Cut to the chase I love my new dr, he has put me thru tons of tests which I wasn't used to but he is no nonsense and he has called me at home at least 4 times when I had left a message, who does that! My old dr never called me at home. So probably the best thing that ever happened to me! And I can get an appt if I really need one.  

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Hate to tell you, @ECBG , it does seem to be more difficult, at least has been for us.

 

When our son turned 18 a few years ago, we had to leave his beloved pediatrician and find him a regular practitioner.  It was hard!  The pickings were not that good, and fewer doctors in the area were accepting new patients, etc.

 

We finally found one, new to the area, about whom I'm not ecstatic, but he seems relatively OK.  He's sort of an amusing character, but doesn't exactly inspire the confidence of our son's previous doctor, or the wonderful doctor my husband and I see.

 

I'm getting nervous, as our own doctor is getting to the point where he'll probably retire fairly soon...

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@ECBG 

 

I had to part with my doctor of  nearly 40 years, he  retired several years ago.  It was one of the most painful and sad things  I had to do.  He treated me since I was 25 years old,  he retired when I was mid 60's . Big part of my life.  I was really attached to him.  When I started going to him Dr visits were 10.50 i think, lol  at first he was in private practice, one of the most popular  Dr's in Our county.  Then came HMO's, he was private.  I paid out of pocket to go to him, but at that time dr visit were 40 bucks, reasonable.  My insurance only took HMO. Finally all insurances were made to switch over to HMO.  It took him nearly 2 years to switch from private to the big medical clinic across the street from him.  Then we went to him.  Those were the days of Dr's having a max of patients and closing to all new patients, so I was lucky.  He was closed to new for may years before and after switching to hmo.  He was with the clinic nearly 20 years, same assistants, same front desk girls,  when he left is was was sad for all clinic and patients.  

i stayed with that clinic and chose an internist I liked who I had seem a few times when he covered for my Doctor.  And I am with him now.  He is nice, but no onewill ever be like lmy old Doc.  They did everything, they knew you.  They called, and prescribed over phone , tey haveyou meds whe you couldn tafford tem.  They knew every allergy, your kids names.  Sigh.  Sadly mediicne is not likethat anymore.   The clinics dont allow them to see you more than 5 mins for check up.  My Dr nowhas never seen me with top off, except for phyical.  They used to  give you a gown.  They did breast check ups every visit, check thyroid your lymph nodes, yada yada  

i hear your pain, but you will adjust.....except for te new help they have in so many offices now.  No one stays for long.   Except in busy, popular Dr's offices that are well liked.  Those  staff seems dedicated, and know everything, because they stay on for years.  I go to some dr' who have new girls up front every few months.  The clinic higher-ups  have no mercy, they just switch them, or lay off.... or they leave

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@shoekitty Our experiences were almost alike.  He had been with me through every part of my life and knew  and treated my sister when she was a nurse (I lost her to cancer several years ago).  

When I lost her, he explained the new tests he wanted me to take.  

At the end of the appt., he took you in his office and renewed the prescriptions on a big screen and put in a narritive about the office visit.

He and I could talk so easily.  We "grew up together, he was my doctor 40 years!!!

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@ECBG wrote:

@shoekitty Our experiences were almost alike.  He had been with me through every part of my life and knew  and treated my sister when she was a nurse (I lost her to cancer several years ago).  

When I lost her, he explained the new tests he wanted me to take.  

At the end of the appt., he took you in his office and renewed the prescriptions on a big screen and put in a narritive about the office visit.

He and I could talk so easily.  We "grew up together, he was my doctor 40 years!!!


Shoekitty said,   Once you have had the gift of a doctor like that, all other are measured by that.  I felt lost for a while after he left.  The office was so quite.  He had this loud laugh, and he just was so pleasant.  I know, i did grow up with him.  Lol  he knew me through a couple husbands, cancer,, deaths you name it  lol.  He always asked how arethe kids, my husband, what I was doing.