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Re: Shared medical appointments

@RetRN @Exactly what do you mean by"shared" ? I thought what you discuss with your doctor is confidential. 

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Re: Shared medical appointments

I try to go to most of my husbands dr. appointments with him, he forgets things and likes to have another set of ears to hear and remember what is said.  Not sure what is meant by shared.

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Re: Shared medical appointments

Patients are seen as a group for follow-up care or management of conditions.

They include individual evaluation and management as well as counseling with a group.

I've been hearing more and more about them and was just curious for feedback if anyone had done this. I'm wondering if this is something we will be seeing more of. 

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Re: Shared medical appointments

I have accompanied my husband to every medical appt for the last 20 years, due to the fact he does not fully understand or process what is said by his provider.  Sometimes what he thinks they said and what was actually said, are worlds apart.  

 

The only provider we have ever shared is a dermatologist, and we have shared appts in that office without issue.  

 

I prefer to go solo on my appts.  

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Re: Shared medical appointments

I didn't know this was a thing until hubby and I both went to a local Urgent Care together. We had separate issues, so both of us wanted to see a doctor.  They asked us when we were signing in if we wanted to share our appt and both go in together.

 

I was caught off guard by it and said No, but my husband said Yes. That surprised me, but he said he felt they might give him info for his issue that he might not remember and he'd like to have me in there with him.

 

So in we went - together...but I asked for husband to go first. It was good to be there for him since they did give him a lot of info and items to followup on. He's not the best listener.

 

I didn't care for it though when it was my turn and wouldn't do it again unless I had a very serious issue and needed an extra pair of ears and/or support. For routine things, I'd prefer us to be separate.

 

It was a time saver as far as the appt time with the doc, but since we have different types of insurance, they charged each of us so I really didn't see the point of it.

 

We have different PCP's and Specialists so I don't know if those doctors are doing this.

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Re: Shared medical appointments


@RedTop wrote:

I have accompanied my husband to every medical appt for the last 20 years, due to the fact he does not fully understand or process what is said by his provider.  Sometimes what he thinks they said and what was actually said, are worlds apart.  

 

The only provider we have ever shared is a dermatologist, and we have shared appts in that office without issue.  

 

I prefer to go solo on my appts.  


My husband has the same issue, English isn't his first language and even though he has lived here for almost 50 years he still doesn't fully understand at times.

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Re: Shared medical appointments

my husband and I have the same cardiologist.  We found it easier to have back to back appointments.  Plus with us both in the room....we both hear what the doctor is telling us.  It helps so we don't miss anything

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Registered: ‎09-08-2010

Re: Shared medical appointments

With our ophthalmologist we did. Not with our PCP because our schedules are different.

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Re: Shared medical appointments

I don't have a shared appointment with any doctor, but for any visit when I'm walking into something new and different, I try to take a second set of "ears" with me.  I see that same procedure frequently,but not group or shared appointments.

The medical offices in the densely populated areas I'm familiar with are massively overbooked, here in Florida especially during season.  It's easier to get an appointment right now, but still not easy, and I dread the 6 month follow-ups in season although the offices book us full-timers to make certain we can get care.

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Re: Shared medical appointments


@RedTop wrote:

I have accompanied my husband to every medical appt for the last 20 years, due to the fact he does not fully understand or process what is said by his provider.  Sometimes what he thinks they said and what was actually said, are worlds apart.  

 

The only provider we have ever shared is a dermatologist, and we have shared appts in that office without issue.  

 

I prefer to go solo on my appts.  


I read a great book a couple of years ago. It was called "What Do tors Say, What Patients Hear". Great read.