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Does anyone else here not have a GP?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Nov 22, 2020 at 1:17 AM.

  1. 2HBStrat

    2HBStrat Tele-Afflicted

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    So now I may have a serious health issue but no backlog of medical info. That might have been a bad decision.
     
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  2. TIM5150

    TIM5150 TDPRI Member

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    What’s a GP ? I think I don’t have one... but maybe I need one. Is it a thing ?
     
  3. soundchaser59

    soundchaser59 Tele-Afflicted

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    General Practicioner

    IOW, your regular family doctor.
     
  4. Lake Placid Blue

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    I have one. He’s great. Very helpful in keeping us healthy and informed. Except for some reason he doesn’t agree with me that I should single handedly eliminate the overpopulation of apple fritters in this country.
     
  5. Wulf

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    do yourself a favour
    register with one and get your health sorted so you know what to expect
    now isnt the time to tit about in these matters
    it might be different over where you live...but everyone (almost) here has a doctor (GP)
     
  6. gregulator450

    gregulator450 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I went 20 years without one. Finally established with one this spring. Almost seemed a waste of time.
     
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  7. Wulf

    Wulf Tele-Afflicted

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    he might have a point...look after your infernal...i mean internal workings
     
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  8. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Afflicted

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    If it ain't broken, don't fix it

    Here in Spain, and all UE, a GP is for free (Well it comes from my taxes, of course) but I pay that happy. Will use just when I need it

    So far, I don't
     
  9. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

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    GP (general practitioner) is a term from our parent's generation. The current terminology is PCP, for primary care physician.
     
  10. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm 53 and I saw a PCP for the first time in about 20 years, probably back in July. He was not particularly thrilled that I hadn't seen a doctor in that long, and immediately scheduled me for a colonoscopy, I guess as punishment.
     
  11. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

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    I should have another, since the last one I had was about five years ago or more, and she found and removed several polyps. I was on Medicaid then, so it was 100% paid for. Now I'm on Medicare, and my copay on everything is 20%. The facility where I had the last one charges between $3k and $6k, making my copay between $600 and $1200. I can't afford that, living on $1200 a month SS. That's why I don't have colonoscopies, catscans, or anything else I should have anymore, 'cause I can't afford it. God bless America.
     
  12. awasson

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    I was in that boat a couple of years ago. I’ve always been healthy as an ox and as a result never needed to see the doctor. My GP sadly passed away and I didn’t even know because I would go 10 or 12 years without seeing him. I found out he had died a couple of years ago when I went from happy-go-lucky, never-a-sick-day-in-my-life to a guy who has acquired a serious, chronic health issue.

    Anyway, a trip to the hospital emergency dept and an all expenses paid overnight stay with all the bells and whistles, they found my issue. They assigned me a specialist and then I found a registry with GP’s taking new patients. Since then I’ve been good to go.

    I hope you’re able to get yourself a GP and sort out your health issue. My GP is a young guy and he is completely plugged into what’s going on with me (monthly blood tests, etc...). It’s confidence inspiring to have someone looking out for you.
     
  13. awasson

    awasson Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Yeah, I get that. My situation and the drugs they give me to manage my situation has a risk of cancer. It’s a low risk but I guess it’s enough of a risk that they don’t want to overlook it.
     
  14. ieatlions

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    Everyone in the U.K. is registered with their local GP. That’s your first port of call if you have any issues, physical or mental. They then treat you or refer you to specialists as needed. Obviously if it’s an emergency you just go to A&E (accident and emergency at a nearby hospital)

    All completely free.
     
  15. goonie

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    Here they're still the good ol' GP. If it ain't broke...
     
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    I've been going to the same local practice for decades... I get to know the doctors on a first name basis...

    I'm very fortunate and thankful.....:)
     
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    I would recommend an internist. DO or MD, although I find myself leaning more towards DO of late. I find DO's more open to newer concepts and alternative therapies. Sometimes the answer can't be found inside the box and some MD's remain trapped there within.
     
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    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    I think I'm still using an even earlier convention, "family doctor". I don't see a reason to change.

    I went 20 years without one, but work requires a physical now, so I got one, and get an annual physical. Very minimal trouble.
     
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    just dont let em use a wire brush and a bottle of dettol and a bucket of leeches
    english locum doctors cure all for everything
     
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    Wait, when did 'sawbones' become a thing of the past?
     
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