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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. Wulf

    Wulf Tele-Afflicted

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    sawbones would be elevating the status and abilities of a doctor i was using yrs ago...he needed to use a bloody book for diagnosis...i changed doctors a bit sharpish...he got struck off for using his own pills....i think they were alarmed by the rapidly diminishing stock of Duraphet.(and unusual regularity of repeat self prescriptions)..and the fact he worked 20 hours a day..would have been better off seeing a vet
     
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    There are so many doctors and pharmacists battling drug addictions, my nephew for one.
    He managed a highly-regarded pharmacy and lost it due to abusing meds.
    He's now back on track in a much smaller pharmacy and is doing well, but he had to bottom out first.
     
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    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah well, free at point of delivery and all that.
     
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    RedRhino TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    "For God's sake Jim, I'm a doctor not a luthier!"
     
  5. Wulf

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    Poor lad...i hes coming through it ok...
    Hope i didnt appear tactless in my comment...but its true in my old doctors case...he was a nice man...just "gone" from amphet abuse
    i know its common...easy access and all...also happened to a young lad i knew in blackpool yrs ago....his first job...working in pharmacy...he got absolutely hung for pinching pills and selling them
     
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  6. Harry Styron

    Harry Styron Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Doug, you should check out a Medicare Advantage plan. Under these plans, a hospital system constructs with Medicare to provide you care, and your copay will be much less and under some there is no monthly premium. My wife is under a Medicare Advantage plan and most medications are free and the copay for doctor visits, ER visits and most procedures is $30.
     
  7. Wulf

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    treat affliction with a new set of strings and a thorough set up...patient off dangerlist...will be totally cured with judicious quantities of switch cleaner...3 times a day for a week
    if that fails to cure said affliction time for a volumepot transplant
     
  8. Wulf

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    Its worse than that ...hes dead Jim
    Dead Bones?...what did you use to try to treat him?
    well Jim..we started off with a wire brush, a bottle of dettol and a bucket of leeches...but it didnt help.
    But Bones that usually works
    Not in his case Jim...his metabolism is different...as a last resort i started giving him injections of Pea Soup
    Surely Bones..that ..must...have helped...Vulcans have green blood
    Well Jim He was showing sings of some improvement...then died suddenly
    But Bones..thats unusual
    Indeed it was.Jim.it really should have worked..but he slipped and broke his neck on his way to the galley to get some bread to go with the pea soup
     
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    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    As someone who hadn’t seen a doctor for at least 40 years I was more than glad to have one in the last 12 months. Your health isn’t something to skimp on.
    To the person who wondered was a colonoscopy worth th3 expense, if I hadn’t had one 6 months back, I wouldn’t be here today. Yep I’ve a few bits missing but I’m here.
     
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    don't really have one (other than one that was assigned randomly to me) and i don't go if it doesn't make sense. have been sent home with shrugs for problems that specialists have diagnosed right away. i understand not wasting an endocrinologist's time, but gatekeeping specialists like dermatologists and urologists who deal with everyday problems is just stupid.
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    There’s a risk you take by adopting the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Philosophy. It could be broke and you just don’t know it. So many chronic diseases are easily managed when caught in the earliest stages before your body suffers irreversible damage or the disease progresses to the point where your overall health is permanently compromised.

    The old axiom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is especially true when it comes to your health.
     
  12. tanplastic

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    Oh, not tactless at all, and yeah I doubt he'll ever go down that road again, he's working and has a lot of support.
     
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  13. Wulf

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    Never take chances with health matters...especially now
    Its like russian roullette with an MP40
    i think we know how that would end
     
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    We have had one for many years. Much like the family doctor I had as a kid. Developing a long term relationship with a family care doctor has numerous rewards. Ours will get us in to see him when we need to. He is an expert in drugs and always checks whatever we are prescribed by other doctors to avoid possible interaction. He knows our history and is in consultation with other doctors on anything serious. We always ask him which specialists to go see and even told him years ago we only wanted doctors with personalities and so far he has never failed in his recommendations.
     
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    Admittedly, medicare/meficaid aren't my specialty, but I'm an insurance broker. You should call and talk to someone about your benefits, I would think your PCP can try and get that coded as preventative given your history.

    Just a thought, like I said, I'm not familiar with Medicare and Medicaid.
     
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    im glad...sometimes im as subtle as barbed wire bogpaper
    cheers mate
    Skol
    Wulf
     
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    I have a regular or same institution but am 6-7 years into no longer having a doctor assigned to me the way it used to be. Still, they keep records.

    It might be 5th year now where most care is from a cooperative that refers you to the system we used to have. That seems FAR superior. You see PA and NP more often but they're super responsive and take more time and care than the doctors did in old way. You get help faster.

    If someone has choice or gets moved to what we have now I say go for it or don't be afraid. It's nicer and less expensive than if we stayed with what we had. You still go to top specialists' institution if appropriate.
     
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    I have a GP. My mother refers to her as my “lady doctor”.
     
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    I didn't have go to the doctor from the age 18 to 44. Then the s..t hit the fan. I had a bicusspid heart valve. Open heart surgery. Then a year later my kidneys failed. Dialysis time. Found out I had a rare genetic disease called PH1. No cure. A liver/kidney transplant was the only way to save my life. During my pre transplant work up they found my ascending aorta had an anurism. Under the knife again, open heart surgery. A year later I was on the the list for transplant and got it very fast. This was in April of this year. I am so lucky and grated to be here. All of this happened in less than three years. It's been 7 months post transplant and I'm doing ok. Have had Gp or Pcp during all of this and will the rest of my life.I can't be thankful enough. I can't express how important it is for all of you to have one. Get your blood work tested. Get a physical. It can save your life. We are all so fortunate today for the technology we have to prolong our lives. I just want to say thanks to all the doctors,nurses, and health care providers who are looking out for us. If not for them i would not be here today. Enjoy life.please donate and...Keep on pickin!!!!
     
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    Yes, but he's pretty useless and uncaring. When I can, which is most of the time, I bypass him and go straight to a specialist. Living out in the exurbs as far as I do, he's one of the few choices around within a close (less than 20 mile) driving distance. The other is to go to a revolving cast recent med school grads at a medical corporation's rapid care clinic.
     
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