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    05-23-2012, 11:40 AM
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Green Broke
I just got dumped by my doctor! (RANT)

DH and I have only been in our area a couple of years and never really established a regular doctor. A good friend suggested hers, whom she has been seeing since she was a kid. She said the office is really friendly and they are pretty understand about us mom's with railroad husbands that are always gone and have weird schedules.

I've seen him twice and wasn't exactly impressed. When I got sick he spent a whole 2 minutes with me and didn't listen to my lungs even though I have asthma as said I was having pain in my lungs like I had pneumonia. Just in, out, here's a prescription for Zithromax....buh bye!

Well, I have this weird rash that pops up now and again on my hand. It's about the size of a quarter and it itches. After about a week it usually goes away. I don't know why it crops up now and again, it just does. Well a couple of weeks ago it cropped up only 10 times worse than it ever has before. I won't describe it but it was very very painful and it looked like I had some flesh eating fungus or something. I called to get an appointment. The scheduler asked if she could call me back. She never did. I called the next day, she asked if she could call me back, she didn't. I called her that afternoon and she said that she wasn't sure she could schedule me because I had a no show April 19. I told her she must have had me mixed up with someone because I didn't have an appointment then, and wouldn't have made one because I was in CA for a vacation that had been scheduled and planned 6 months before. She didn't believe me and kept complaining at me for a no show.

FINALLY she says she can get me in, in 4 days!!! WTH. Later that night the pain is so bad I can't bare it, so I went to urgent care, they gave me some cream and it went away. Something about contact allergic dermatitis so I'm thinking something at the stable or in the yard. I get home, I call and let my doctors office know I went to urgent care and cancel the appointment.

Today I get a registered letter from my doctors office dumping both me AND DH because of their appointment cancellation policy!!!!!

Fine, I don't need him anyway!!!! But still, the nerve of them! I know they have the right, but to dump a whole family because of a no show that didn't happen and 1 appointment cancellation??? That's just ******ed.
     
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    05-23-2012, 11:51 AM
  #2
Weanling
Oh don't get me started. My parents doctor decided he was going to "concierge" medicine. They have been with him for 20yrs but that doesn't make any difference. To stay with his practice, he wanted them to pay $1500 a piece plus medicare plus BCBS. $3k a year with them on social security--which isn't that much. I've known this yahoo for a long time and never thought much of his character. Safe to say I think even less of him now!
     
    05-23-2012, 12:45 PM
  #3
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I do NOT go to the family doctor if I have an issue (only to do blood tests and so on). Simply because they'll send you to the specialist, so you have to schedule and wait twice anyway (and sometime they can't even recognize the problem that unfortunately happened to my mom couple years ago). When I have issue with the skin I go directly to dermatologist, with my muscles or bones -> orthopedic, eyes -> ophthalmologist, etc.
     
    05-23-2012, 12:52 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I do NOT go to the family doctor if I have an issue (only to do blood tests and so on). Simply because they'll send you to the specialist, so you have to schedule and wait twice anyway (and sometime they can't even recognize the problem that unfortunately happened to my mom couple years ago). When I have issue with the skin I go directly to dermatologist, with my muscles or bones -> orthopedic, eyes -> ophthalmologist, etc.
It's great that you have insurance that covers that. A lot of people's insurance requires a referral from your regular doctor before going to a specialist or they won't pay for it :( So in other words, no family doctor, no specialist either.....at all because you have to have the doctor refer you to them :(
     
    05-23-2012, 12:53 PM
  #5
Trained
KV sometimes it isn't that easy. We have to see our Primary care/family doctor before seeing anyone else unless it is an emergency, and then we go to the ER, otherwise insurance will not cover it.
     
    05-23-2012, 01:16 PM
  #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I do NOT go to the family doctor if I have an issue (only to do blood tests and so on). Simply because they'll send you to the specialist, so you have to schedule and wait twice anyway (and sometime they can't even recognize the problem that unfortunately happened to my mom couple years ago). When I have issue with the skin I go directly to dermatologist, with my muscles or bones -> orthopedic, eyes -> ophthalmologist, etc.
Depends on your health plan. Most in our state require a written referral from your primary care physician.
     
    05-23-2012, 01:50 PM
  #7
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^^ Folks, you are correct. My insurance allows to go and see specialist just as my choice (thank God!). But I had one several years back when I had to get a referral. I still didn't have to go to family doctor (because I see some specialists on regular basis, so they just mailed referral to me per request), but I can see it may not be a case always.

NdAppy, of course there are situations when you are not sure what is going on and want to see family doctor first. I'm not even going to argue with it! I was talking about those 100% obvious things (like skin, muscles, bumps, vision issues, etc.).
     
    05-23-2012, 01:56 PM
  #8
Trained
Even for those obvious things 90% of the insurance companies require that you follow their steps, which is go to the primary care first, get a referral to and then see a specialist. The only ones that I can go in to see without referrals is my eye doc, my primary care, and urgent care. Anything else? You better have a referral or you will be fighting an uphill battle to even have them consider covering it.
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    05-23-2012, 01:59 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Some insurance now is having higher co-pays for ER visits too... I guess it's because of people like my mom who go to the ER every time they blink LOL... Our insurance it's a 20 dollar co pay for urgent care, 90 dollar co pay for emergency room no matter what the reason.
     
    05-23-2012, 02:11 PM
  #10
Green Broke
We had an HMO for years and always, always, always had to see the Primary Dr. First. My routine specialists I had to obtain a referral yearly in order to see them.

I didn't mind, I had an AWESOME Primary Dr. And for things like my yearly specialist referral, I didn't have to actually "go see the Dr.", just call the nurse and since the specialist is required to provide my Primary Dr. With copies of all my treatment paperwork, she'd have a look at it and go yup, you qualify for a referral, I'll get it done and fax it to you.

I can now see any specialist I'd like with no referral but honestly, sometimes that referral is the best thing ever. My Dr. Gave me the standard "see whomever is available at such and such specialty practice" referral and when the dolt of a scheduler over there refused to give me an appt. That wasn't 4 MONTHS out, my angry Primary Dr. Got on the phone himself and got me a next day appt. With the head of the practice who only takes new patients if a Dr. Personally calls him up and specifically asks him to. He's the head of his dept. At multiple hospitals and in high, high, high demand due to his competency. I went from having a sorta, kinda, barely managed chronic illness with 4 other specialists to him creating a specialty plan that basically gave me back a "normal" life and if I hadn't gone the whole "I need a referral" route, I never would have been able to see this Specialist.
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